Hollow (2002)

for b-flat clarinet solo

Duration: 5'

Score available here

The title of this work, Hollow, has two levels of reference for me.   First, and the most superficial, is a reference to both the especially open, yet haunting timbre of the clarinet and the literal hollowness of its construction.  The second, and more musically significant, refers to the open intervallic spaces I created in my thematic lines.  These include: wide-stretching, upward arpeggios (such as the one heard at the very beginning) which traverse several registers, only to be slowly filled in by elaborated stepwise descents; grace-note figures spanning wide intervals; a falling-third motive, often heard at the ends of phrases.