Flight of Fancy (for B-flat clarinet & piano)
Flight of Fancy (for B-flat clarinet & piano) is an energetic and cheerful piece. Its middle movement has a haunting quality by virtue of a chromatically-inflected clarinet melody and little updrafts and whirlwinds of tinkling, glockenspiel-like piano figurations. The final section of the piece is characterised by the sound of a ‘slow-to-start’, hand-cranked engine.
Composer: Matthew Orlovich | Date of Composition: 2006 | Instrumentation: B-flat clarinet and piano | Duration: c. 3 minutes | Composed at the invitation of: Reed Music | Publisher: Reed Music | Format: Score & Parts (M-720071-23-7 Catalogue: RM346) | Edition: 2006
Flight of Fancy (for B-flat clarinet & piano) comprises three sections, each lasting about a minute or so. The first section kicks off in an energetic and cheerful way with the bright upper registers of both instruments at play. Also evident in the opening section are ideas such as angular melodic lines played in unison, a little harp-like piano accompaniment texture and a contrasting theme fashioned atop a jazzy, dance-inspired bassline.
The middle section of the work is perhaps the more unearthly music of the work. Little updrafts and whirlwinds of tinkling, glockenspiel-like piano figurations add a haunting quality to a chromatically inflected clarinet melody, evoking, for me, images of night and a kind of magic.
The final section of the piece – which brings us back to earth with its recapitulation of earlier material – is characterised by the sound of its ‘slow-to-start’, hand-cranked engine. – MO.