Just One More Question (6’ 20”)
solo clarinet with electronics
Premiere: Chester Howard, clarinet, Stony Brook University, October 26, 2011
Additional Performances: Chester Howard, clarinet, National Student Electronic Music Event, Temple University, March 23, 2012
Just One More Question, for clarinet and fixed media, is an ode to anxiety in the digital age. The text comes from a radio interview with the novelist Gary Shteyngart, who eloquently describes both his utter fascination with and deep skepticism of technology. Just One More Question is alternately a dialogue, a struggle, a dance, and a tug-of-war between the living-and-breathing clarinetist and the disembodied voices that comprise the fixed media part. In a larger sense, the piece is an attempt to bridge the gap between two extremely divergent musical and sonic characters.