Program notes

As for bass clarinet and piano, opus 63b (2006)

As was written for the bass clarinettist Henri Bok to commemorate his silver jubilee as a bass clarinettist.  The work was given its first performance in Rotterdam in November 2006 as part of a program of newly commissioned short pieces by composers who have worked with Henri over his career.  The Dutch word as, means ash – the remains of fire. The work is scored for bass clarinet and piano and draws on an earlier work for soprano and piano, I am black.

© Andrew Schultz, 2006