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"Abyss of the Birds", Oliver Messiaen
17 May 2013
Oliver Messiaen met clarinetist Henri Akoka for the first time in a French town, Verdun. Henri, an outgoing and funny fellow, prodded Messiaen to write something for him. Since Messiaen loved to make early morning walks in the fields, listening to the birds, he incorporated their songs into his first piece for solo clarinet called Abyss of the Birds. Henri Akoka first sight read through this piece in 1940 in an open field near Verdun where he and Messiaen were temporarily being held by the Germans ultimately on their way to Stalag VIIIA in Görlitz, Germany. Here, as Prisoners of War, Messiaen and Akoka premiered the complete Quartet for the End of Time; the solo clarinet movement being one of 7 movements for cello, clarinet, piano and violin. Messiaen composed this piece(during his imprisonment in Stalag VIII) referring to the "End of Time" as he understood the apocalyptical events referred to in Revelations 10. He also musically expressed his forward thinking regarding the "End

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Van Buskirk: If I Could Start Again for clarinet solo
Beebe: How Was it We Were Caught? for clarinet and computer
Martino: A Set for Clarinet
Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time)
Muczynski: Time Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 43
Juon: Trio Miniatures
Rota: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Bruch: Pieces (8) for Clarinet/Violin, Viola/Cello and Piano, Op. 83
Piazzolla: Oblivion
Muczynski: Fantasy Trio for Piano, Cello and Clarinet, Op. 26
Walker: Full Circle for Flute, Clarinet and Piano
Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in B-flat major, FP 184
Gunn: Euphonicum Tangenturis
Webster: Carmen Rhapsody for Clarinet Flute and Piano
Vermont Virtuosi: Vermont Virtuosi and Walter Parker in Duscussion
Márquez: Zarabandeo for Clarinet and Piano
Sutermeister: Capriccio
Bassi: Fantasy on Verdi's "Rigoletto"
Persichetti: Parable XIII for Clarinet solo, Op. 126
Guastavino: Sonata para clarinete y piano
Juon: Trio Miniatures
Rota: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Bruch: Pieces (8) for Clarinet/Violin, Viola/Cello and Piano, Op. 83
Piazzolla: Oblivion
Muczynski: Fantasy Trio for Piano, Cello and Clarinet, Op. 26
Stravinsky: Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo
Fauré: Dolly Suite, Op. 56
Gunn: Euphonicum Tangenturis
Webster: Carmen Rhapsody for Clarinet Flute and Piano


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