«Distant Words» Op.43b

- «Distant Words» (a title, one suspects, where the composer has indulged in a little wordplay on "words" and "worlds"!) is, for a work scored for a homogeneous group of instruments in the chamber-music tradition, an astonishingly multi-faceted composition. The extreme range of the clarinet is given a virtuosic but at the same time restrained, almost ascetic, solo part.

Category: Symphony Orchestra

Instrumentation: Clarinet in Bb, Strings Orchestra

Composer: Flint Juventino Beppe

Year composed: 2004

First performance: February 17, 2008

Duration: 15:00

Movements:

  1. Typhoon at Heart (10:30)
  2. Healed by Red Wind (05:00)

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Recorded in 2012 by Mark van de Wiel (clarinet) and Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.

- I very much enjoyed preparing and performing Distant Words. Flint Juventino understands the clarinet's voice very well, and gives it a combination of lyricism and virtuosity, which is most rewarding to play. I was thrilled to have the chance to record it with Maestro Ashkenazy and my Philharmonia colleagues.

Mark van de Wiel

- «Distant Words» (a title, one suspects, where the composer has indulged in a little wordplay on "words" and "worlds"!) is, for a work scored for a homogeneous group of instruments in the chamber-music tradition, an astonishingly multi-faceted composition.

The composer hints at a sense of euphoria over the presence of the girl, but at the same time the listener feels a hesitant tenderness, a distance of Schubertian proportions.

Wolfgang Plagge

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Movement: “Typhoon at Heart”


  • Clarinet in Bb
  • 1. violin
  • 2. violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double bass

Movement: “Healed by Red Wind”


  • Clarinet in Bb
  • 1. violin
  • 2. violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double bass

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