Donald Sanborn III (1994)
Instrumentation: solo B-flat Clarinet.
This piece was written to utilize the experimental
talents of virtuoso clarinettist/saxophonist Emil Sein. The
title, as the reader might guess, was inspired by the UFO
Crash at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. The concept behind
this piece--I hope this is bizarre enough for all of you--was
a funeral given by space aliens for their relatives who,
legend has it, died in the crash. Since the piece was
supposed to use extended techniques, I wanted a bizarre
concept, and I felt a space alien funeral fit the bill!
Elegy for the Roswell Crash Victims is in three
sections. The first and third sections are quiet, mournful;
the aliens are grieving. THe middle section, which contains
accented high notes, is intense; the aliens are discussing
the crash. I chose the following extended techniques: a
melodic jump covering a two-octave range, pitch bends, and
breathy vocalizations. The extended techniques are employed
to give the piece an otherworldly atmosphere.
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