Three Places for a New Millennium
Composed: 2006 Duration: 5 mins.
Instrumentation: Clarinet & Piano Level B, Clarinet & Piano Level C
Exam Grade: HSC Clarinet
ISMN: M-720071-02-2 Catalogue: RM336
Level: B, C Country: Australia
Contents: I. In Orbit, II. Departure Lounge, III. In Traffic
I. In Orbit
This was written wondering what it would be like to see the Earth from space. It also serves as a hymn to the technology of satellites that increasingly connect our humble human communications.
II. Departure Lounge
Most commonly, this is at an airport. When travelling alone, this can be a place to contemplate the state of one’s existence while trying to find the right angle to perch one’s hand luggage as a foot stool. But this can also be at a train station – and Sydney Central boasts a (very) modest lounge for travellers waiting for the night train to Melbourne.
III. In Traffic
Statistics bear out that lane swapping in heavy traffic to maximise time and position is mostly a waste of time and dangerous into the bargain. What’s worse is nipping into the fast lane on a slight opening, only for it to become the slow lane. My advice? Take the bike or public transport.
These pieces have been published with key signatures for ease of reading, though were not conceived as conventionally ‘tonal’ pieces.