• Helen Grime
  • Embrace (2015)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center in honor of its 75th Anniversary Season, with generous support from the Paul Jacobs Memorial Commissions Fund.

Commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center in honor of its 75th Anniversary Season, with generous support from the Paul Jacobs Memorial Commissions Fund.

  • Clarinet in Bb and Trumpet in C
  • 5 min

Programme Note

Embrace for clarinet in B-flat and trumpet in C takes its point of departure from my recently completed Double Concerto, commissioned for the Hallé Orchestra and premiered in May 2015 conducted by Markus Stenz. I was interested in the similarities between the two instruments as well as their very marked differences. The piece is in three main sections. In Embrace, the duo takes on the role of the orchestra as well, with bright bursts of unison melody offset by more sotto voce answering phrases at the opening. In the central section they are interwoven together as if locked into an embrace, and the last part is a sort of cadenza for the two interests, the clarinet line expanding on the opening material in a declamatory fashion with the trumpet's more lyrical and searching melodies emerging from it.

Helen Grime

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