Spectral Shifts (for Clarinet Trio & Pianoforte)

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Publication #: SSP-15553

Spectral Shifts
(for Clarinet Trio & Pianoforte)

Listen to MP3s:

1) On A Solar Wind

2) Through A Nebula

3) Comet Tails

4) Finale

View sample score pages:
Mvt. 1     Mvt. 2     Mvt. 3     Mvt. 4


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"Spectral Shifts" by Mark Wolfram is an original composition in 4 movements for clarinet trio (E-flat soprano clarinet, B-flat clarinet and B-flat bass clarinet) and pianoforte. The first 3 movements feature each of the clarinets in a solo setting with piano, culminating with the 4th movement where the full clarinet trio is accompanied by piano.

There is also a version written for clarinet trio and concert band: CLICK HERE.

The title of the work refers to the astral phenomenon of spectral shift - blue shift (objects moving closer to us), red shift (objects moving away from us) and doppler shift (objects moving past us - similar to red shift) as well as other astral and solar phenomena. The composition seamlessly moves between serial and traditional tertian and quartal harmonic structures, providing performers and listeners with refreshing aural "shifts" in both timbre and tonality.

Each of the 3 "solo" movements may be performed separately or in any combination with the "trio" finale.

The work was written for the Ironwood Clarinet Trio, Marcellus Brown and the Boise State University Symphonic Winds. It had its world premiere at the 81st Annual American Bandmasters Association convention on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 7:30pm in the Summit Pavilion Ballroom of the Grand Sierra Resort. This version with piano accompaniment was written for the Ironwood Clarinet Trio's new CD and premiered at the August ClarinetFest 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas.

"Spectral Shifts" is a GRADE 5/6 composition which highlights angular melodies, colorful sonorities, tertian, quartal and serial composition in an exciting blend which is both intellectually satisfying and aesthetically pleasing, time signature changes and professional level solo parts. The work has a duration of approximately 15:00.

A complete set of full-sized parts and a bound, piano score are included. Available only through this website from Sound Studio Publications. The instrumentation/parts distribution for each set is as follows:

1 - Solo E-flat Soprano Clarinet
1 - Solo B-flat Clarinet
1 - Solo B-flat Bass Clarinet
1 - Pianoforte

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