for clarinet quartet

Evan Ware
Evan Ware
Composition Date: 2011
Duration: 00:08:00
Genre: Woodwinds, Solo / Ensemble, Clarinet Quartets


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 3 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bass clarinet
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Programme Note:
I never had the chance to meet Canadian composer Ann Southam (1937-2010), but ever since hearing her music I have felt a certain kinship with her. Process music, particularly the kind she gravitated to, inspired by the work of composers such as Reich and Riley, though it was not a big part of my own education in Canada, and though it was largely absent from the music scenes I was in, nevertheless always called to me. Hearing Ann Southam’s Re-tuning (1985) was therefore thrilling, not only because of its visceral appeal, but because it showed me that I need not be afraid to follow my own instincts as to what music I wanted to write, and that I needn’t be alone with the choices I made. I have few regrets in my life. Not meeting Ann Southam is one of them.

I would like to thank the New Zealand Clarinet Quartet for commissioning this piece, and in particular Tui Clark not only for getting this project going, but for being a good friend these many years. Other friends who have leant a hand in the writing of this piece include Recep Gul, Marc LeMay, Sara Eastwood, David Biedenbender, and, of course, Megan Hill, ever my companion, always helpful and supportive, and always somehow managing to put up with me.

Premiere Information:
18 August 2011 Hunter Council Chamber, Victoria University of Wellington Wellington, New Zealand The New Zealand Clarinet Quartet Tui Clark, Clarinet Debbie Rawson, Clarinet Hayden Sinclair, Clarinet Nick Walshe, Bass Clarinet


  • Call Number:
  • MI 5143 W268re
  • Genre:
  • Woodwinds, Solo / Ensemble, Clarinet Quartets
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 18, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (13 p.) ;
    13 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 20
    4 parts (available for rent) ([20] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • 3 Bb clarinets, 1 Bb bass clarinet

    Commissioned by The New Zealand Clarinet Quartet
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