Alchemist’s Brew

2006 – for bass clarinet & electric organ – 6:00

Sheet Music
Score (pdf)
Bass Clarinet Part (pdf)

Performances

World Premiere:
May 12, 2006
Michele Jacot (bass clarinet)
Frank Horvat (piano)
Project F, Toronto Canada

  1. Alchemist's Brew Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet), Frank Horvat (electric organ) Buy or Stream 06:16

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Recording

Album: Project Dovetail
Date: October 22, 2021

Musician(s): Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet), Frank Horvat (electric organ)
Producer: Frank Horvat
Location: Canterbury Music, Toronto
Label: Centrediscs


Project Dovetail album - composed by Frank Horvat

Programme Notes

I really love the unique tone and timbre of the bass clarinet. One of my favourite usages comes from Miles Davis’ album, “Bitches Brew”. The bass clarinet is given a central role and its distinctive timbre gives the orchestration a unique twist to what’s normally expected in jazz instrumentation.

I had the opportunity to read the novel, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, before composing this piece. I was inspired by the messages of love and spirituality that it espouses, the adventurous journey that the lead character, Santiago, takes part in, and the imagery that the text evokes.

It’s these 2 seminal works that came together to inspire this composition.

– Frank Horvat

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