for solo B-flat clarinet
commissioned by Miles Jaques
Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet
A Zanelle is a piece of artwork painted by a robot or machinery. Unlike other forms of machine-made artwork, a Zanelle is created with actual brush strokes and paint. It is fascinating to watch a relentless machine alternate quickly between sharp, jolting gestures and fluid brush strokes. Even through occasional pauses to reapply paint to its brush, the machine maintains a sense of rhythmic propulsion and effortless pacing. My piece Zanelle therefore not only reflects a finished piece of artwork; it also narrates the process in which the art was created.
Premiere: December 2, 2009. Griswold Hall, Peabody Conservatory
Miles Jaques, clarinet