schizo ‘squito

     
    schizo ‘squito (1995) was commissioned by Shannon L. Thompson, Associate Professor of Clarinet at West Carolina University, and premiered by her in February of 1996. It was subsequently arranged for bass clarinet (for Richard Mason – Melbourne, Australia) and for alto saxophone (for Jeremy Justeson – Kutztown, PA). Very sudden and frequent contrasts in style, materials and register occur throughout much of the composition. The schizophrenic life of a mosquito seems an appropriate metaphor – the insect rapidly alternates between franticly buzzing around and calmly drinking long and immensely satisfying drafts of its victim’s blood – and gives the work its title.

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