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Weather Change (2016)

Technical Information:

clarinet, piano

Duration: 6'

Commissioned by John Hong

Premiered April 22, 2016

John Hong, clarinet

Robert Fleitz, piano


Program Note:


Weather Change was written for the clarinetist John Hong during the spring of 2016 in New York City. I was fortunate enough to have heard many of John’s performances previously, so I had a good understanding of his excellent techniques and abilities on the instrument. I tried to incorporate his lyrical but extremely well-articulated sound quality within the piece. The piano part supports the clarinet line through active and rhythmic passages. The structure of the piece was strictly driven from a song called Space Cowboy by a well-known British group Jamiroquai. I analyzed the form of the song by seconds and later utilized it in the way my own musical language and sound could work within.

– Nicky Sohn

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