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Genre: Trio for Soprano, B-flat Clarinet & Piano
# of Players: 3
Level: Medium
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2006

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    Winner of the 2001 Delius Composition Contest, Time… is a setting of five poems from the writings of Kim Rich.

    Genre: Trio for Soprano, B-flat Clarinet & Piano | # of Players: 3
    Level: Medium | Duration:

    Instrumentation
    Soprano Voice
    B-flat Clarinet
    Piano

    Program Notes
    Winner of the 2001 Delius Composition Contest, Time… is a setting of five poems from the writings of Kim Rich. The composition is written in memory of the composers mother, Dorothy Georgian Danner.

    I. Harmonia Mundi
    The open throats of tree arise like an anthem from the earth
    Singing their deep-toned ostinato against the briefer songs of leaves
    There! Below the green whisper
    There! Below the soft rasp of twigs
    Hear their resonance in resigned chants of eloquence
    Slow low-voiced hymns one hundred year one thousand year
    Hosannahs wrung from buried roots in silent ground.

    II. Spinning Jenny
    The single thread between my fingers smooth spinning flowing easy alone
    The single thread between my fingers each day’s portion neatly spun!
    A single thread only no double threads twining in woven patterns and fragile designs.
    A single thread lonely but see how it flies from the wheel to the reel in one cool seamless line.
    Oh the knots and the tangles, they come now and then
    Even a single thread won't run smooth from heart's start to its end.
    But with only a single thread to unravel how quick a tangle mends!
    The single thread between my fingers smooth spinning flowing easy alon
    The single thread between my fingers
    Slowing, slowing, this day's task is done!

    III. To an Old Lion
    Old lion will you leave while your coughing roar still echoes in our ears.
    I am only another scavenger at the feast you provided,
    Thinking more of the meat between my own sharp teeth
    Than of how empty our jungle will be without you.
    Old lion (empty) (jungle)
    Old lion (without) (you).

    IV. The Art of Tuning
    Don't ask if I'm in tune with the times or I won't be
    It takes all my concentration just to try to stay on key.
    Don't ask if I'm in tune with the times don't ask
    Oh quiet, quiet please!
    These constant fine adjustments to the key take all my concentration to make
    And I can either tune or reply.
    Don't ask if I'm in tune with the times or I won't be
    Tune and retune and then tune again the single note forever judged against what it ought to be.
    No time for nuance or melody and just forget about harmony.
    Don't ask if I'm in tune with the times
    Don't ask!

    V. Boreade
    Time, come capture the wind in your round wine skin again.
    These rough wild vintages of winter summer spring and fall are being served in all the wrong seasons.

    - Greg Danner

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