for clarinet in Bb and pre-recorded electronics

Silvina Milstein

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for clarinet in Bb and pre-recorded electronics

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Composer Silvina Milstein
Year of Composition 1983
Duration 5' 15"
ISMN 9790570684083

Instrumentation Clarinet In Bb, Electronics
Categories (all composers) , , ,
Catalogue ID ce-sm1j1


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In classical antiquity, the two-headed god symbolises beginnings and endings, duality, gates …

Janus is a rhapsodic set of variations on a fixed harmonic configuration consisting of a group of seven notes and another of five, together adding to the total chromatic.  While the clarinet and the electronics, each alternate between these collections of notes continuously, between them they always unfold complementary groups. Unity in duality is further expressed in the layering, juxtaposition, and interweaving of  distinct, yet complementary, gestures, textures, and sonorities.

Janus was realised at the Electronic Music Studio of Glasgow University (directed by Stephen Arnold) using an EMS Synthi 100 treated through a variety of tape-delays and room reverberations. A digital version of the electronics (originally on magnetic tape) is available.