Jonathan Pitkin

DISTANT CANONS for clarinet and piano (2011)

Durations: 6.5 mins
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The rather poetic-sounding 'canons' of the title are in fact technical compositional devices, used throughout the piece as a means of ensuring that the two performers are heard as closely-matched partners, rather than soloist and accompanist. Very often they play essentially the same music, but at different times – a relationship which is more apparent to the ear in some places than in others.

Distant Canons was written for, and first performed at, the long-running 'Music Past and Present' concert series in London.

Audio extracts:

(Performers: Peter Cigleris (clarinet), Yuki Negishi (piano))