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Vermont Virtuosi playing The Golden Duel, Phillip Bimstein and Carmen Rhapsody, Michael Webster
Seeded by pkluttik on 10 Sep 2013
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Author: Karen Luttik
Phillip Bimstein--Utah composer, two term Springfield (UT) mayor, and former leader of new wave band 'Phil 'n the Blanks--says of 'The Golden Duel', "from out of primeval innocence a duo emerges, separates, fights and wounds each other, until finally finding compassion, communion and harmony." The piece calls for extended techniques--such as whistle tones and multiphonics--as well as a crystal or Tibetan bowl to help evoke the milieu of his adopted home. Michael Webster is a clarinetist, conductor, composer / arranger, professor of music at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and former principal basset hornist of the BSO. He calls his 'Carmen Rhapsody'--which is based on themes from Georges Bizet's opera, Carmen--a"virtuosic potpourri." You'll get no argument here!
Instrument: Clarinet ; Basset Clarinet