Trans-solo 2

for clarinet in Bb

John Palmer

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for clarinet in Bb

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Composer John Palmer
Year of Composition 2010
Duration ca.3'
Instrumentation Clarinet In Bb
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-jp1ts4


The four original Trans-solos derive from the quartet Transitions, for violin, clarinet, cello and piano, written in 2000 following a commission by pianist Margie Wu and the “eppur si muove” Foundation in Zürich. Initially written as four separate cadenzas of Transitions, I have extracted and re-visited the four solos as single musical moments written for the virtuosity of a distinct performer. As the Latin word ‘trans’ suggests, virtuosity has been re-visited as a search for ever-changing perceptions of the ineffable triggered by the idiosyncratic expressivity of an individual instrument.