Clarinet trio

Robert Rival
Robert Rival
Composition Date: 2006
Duration: 00:12:00
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Trios, Woodwind(s), Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Premiere Information:
Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival
Julian Armour, Ross Edwards, Peter Longworth


  • Call Number:
  • MI 8315 R616cl
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Trios, Woodwind(s), Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 20, 2013
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (24 p.) ;
    24 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 16
    2 parts ([16] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • I. Intense and tormented – Allegro agitato
    II. Andante cantabile – Allegretto – Andante

    A trio for clarinet, cello and piano, the two-movement structure etches an arc from tension and anxiety to calm and serenity. The first movement begins with a brief unmeasured introduction, Free but explosive, in which the clarinet, starting on A-flat, introduces the movement's basic harmonic material, the augmented major-seventh, punctuated by piano chords. The next section, marked Intense and tormented, presents the principal motivic material, descending chromatic lines separated by a leap of a major seventh. This motif is explored in several increasingly agitated waves of development that lead to a central Allegro agitato in which the accumulated tension explodes. The second movement, Andante cantabile, begins with a free canon in the clarinet, and starting on G-sharp, the first movement's tonic enharmonically respelled. The second movement mirrors the first in contour—it picks up in tempo and activity before receding—but, like a soft echo, in a much calmer vein. Its rich contrapuntal unfolding and its more diatonic-leaning harmonies offer relief from the angularity and dissonance of the first movement. The piece ends on an E-major chord, with the G-sharp in the clarinet and in the same register as the very opening note of the piece. -R.R.
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