Fantasy for Clarinet Quintet 2020 - Day Trip
Clarinet, String Quartet
This short fantasy was written during the initial COVID-19 lockdown.
It is infused with the exuberance felt for a long-awaited day trip. It is a day trip where a family excitedly talks about the adventure they are going on; where the kids have to be warned to behave; where, inevitably, there is some not too serious drama, followed by apologies; where everything turns out alright in the end.
The piece can be divided into four sections:
Embarkation – lighthearted, filled with excitement and anticipation. Nothing can prevent this from being the best day trip ever.
Getting Lost – the opening chords of this section make it immediately clear darker times have arrived. It becomes clear the group has lost its way; the cello despondently plucks its last notes, uncertain which way to go.
Contrition – the clarinet declares they are lost in its low register. Apologies ensue with the extended solo passage for the clarinet.
Found Again – their way is rediscovered with the renewed excitement heard earlier in the opening section.