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"Time Pieces", Robert Muczynski
17 May 2013
Time Pieces, by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Robert Muczynski (1983), was dedicated to commissioning clarinetist Mitchell Lurie. First performed at the Clarinet Congress of the International Clarinet Society in London in 1984, this piece has become a standard of clarinet repertoire. Muczynski writes about Time Pieces: Technically and musically there is a quite a lot going on in this four movement suite, and much of the time both instruments share the action equally. The music is made up of a number of elements: energetic, syncopated rhythms, long and sustained melodic lines, cadenzas for solo clarinet, tongue -- in cheek humor and an overall 'up ' feeling. For me, the title refers to when and where I was composing the work, sort of a frozen-in-time idea. However, some listeners have offered their own interpretations as to what I HAD IN MIND.... And that keeps things lively. Although Muczynski describes the title, Time Pieces, as having no relation to mechanical clocks, it

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