Elyse Kahler is an American composer.
Elyse Kahler is the Composition Studies Coordinator and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Kahler writes for a variety of ensembles and levels, and has particular interests in fun and engaging music for middle school students and inspiring music for the modern church. Recent projects include a commission from Tyler ISD for a scaled orchestra piece that beginners to seniors can play together, “Forging Canyons” for the International Clarinet Association conference, and “Perspectives,” a chamber work with dance and film in collaboration with Anne Wharton. A Thread of Hope for piano, a piece about climate change, was performed as part of Ann DuHamel's Prayers for a Feverish Planet project. Dr. Kahler research interests include methods to discuss the creative process with composition students and popular music analysis.
Four Miniatures for 'Beginner' Clarinet
Clarinet and Electronics;
“Four Miniatures for ‘Beginner’ Clarinet” is intended to be a light-hearted nostalgic piece reminiscent of my time as a beginner clarinet player. Although the piece itself is not intended to be played by a beginning student, it follows the path they would take while learning the instrument by starting only on the mouthpiece and barrel, adding the upper joint, and then playing on the entire clarinet. The third movement, for which I remove the barrel and upper joint and play on only the mouthpiece and lower joint, is meant as a whimsical reference to the creativity some of my classmates (and now students) had when putting the clarinet together. The music itself draws from clarinet warmups, changes made with the embouchure, finding out what happens when you push different keys, and the inevitable squeaks.
Flourish for Clarinet
“Flourish for Clarinet” is a flashy solo work for clarinet. Spanning almost the entire range of the clarinet and incorporating selected extended techniques, it showcases only a small part of the clarinet’s flexibility and versatility.