Forgotten Boots

Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2010

I wrote my clarinet quintet Gumboots for Todd Palmer and the St Lawrence String Quartet in 2008, and it's gone on to become one of my most popular pieces. However after the premiere I made several changes to the piece, including, most controversially, dropping one of the dances in the second part of the piece. I say controversially because both Todd and Geoff Nuttall, violinist of the St Lawrence Quartet seemed particularly attached to this particular dance. But I insisted as I felt that without it the sequence of ever-livelier dances had a better overall shape.

Recently Todd asked me if I would consider resurecting the "movement oubliée" as he put it - as a clarinet and piano piece. I looked it over and found that it would work extremely well in that format, so I jumped at the chance and within 24 hours or so the new version was made. It's only 2 minutes long, but it's cute, memorable, and I think would make a great encore to any clarinet recital!

Todd's hoping to premiere the new piece which I've called Forgotten Boots next year, but meanwhile here's a computerized recording:

NB This is a computerized recording!


neil commenting on Forgotten Boots:
Friday, October 15, 2010 at 13:31

That is really cool - i love it!

Stuboy commenting on Forgotten Boots:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 11:00

a triumph!! a worthy resurrection - did you use my sound as the sampler - lol!!!


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