Among the Tarnished Stars

for clarinet in Bb, violin, cello and piano

Linda Catlin Smith

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for clarinet in Bb, violin, cello and piano

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Composer Linda Catlin Smith

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ca. 22'

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Catalogue ID ce-lcs1ats1


Among the Tarnished Stars (1998) was composed for a short-lived but marvelous ensemble in Toronto called The Burdocks, commissioned through the Ontario Arts Council. The work traverses a variety of terrains, usually through the variation, or re-translation, or reconsideration of simple things, harmonies, melodies, intervals. I was especially interested in seeing what I could do with the various sound colours of these instruments, sometimes looking for blend, sometimes for independent pure lines. I am fascinated with small changes, subtle gradations and shadings. I like how these things contribute to something we might almost call ‘mood’.