2006 – for bass clarinet & electric organ – 6:00
May 12, 2006
Michele Jacot (bass clarinet)
Frank Horvat (piano)
Project F, Toronto Canada
- Alchemist's Brew (midi demo) 06:14
I really love the unique tone and timbre of the bass clarinet. My favourite usage comes from Miles Davis’ album, Bitches Brew. The bass clarinet is given a central role in improvisation and it’s distinctive timbre gives the orchestration a unique twist to what’s normally expected in jazz instrumentation. The spirit of this usage is what influenced the bass clarinet part within “Alchemist’s Brew”.
I had the opportunity to read the novel, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, before composing this piece. I was inspired by the positive message that it espouses, the adventurous journey that the lead character takes part in, and the imagery that the text evokes of the old world. In this piece, I explore elements of Middle Eastern music including the usage of polymetres and scale patterns; sonorities from a part of the world that I find very fascinating.
Dedicated to my good, bass clarinet playing, friend, Michele Jacot!
– Frank Horvat