for solo B-flat clarinet
duration: 7′
commissioned by Miles Jaques

Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet

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Program Notes

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.

Performance History

Premiere: December 2, 2009. Griswold Hall, Peabody Conservatory
Miles Jaques, clarinet
February 22, 2010. Griswold Hall, Peabody Conservatory
Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet
January 16, 2011. Music in the Great Hall; Towson, MD
Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet
March 31, 2011. Griswold Hall, Peabody Conservatory
Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet
November 15, 2011. Diehn Fine Arts and Performance Center; Norfolk, VA
Anthony McGill, clarinet