I liked this music a lot! I found it creative, humorous, and great fun to hear. The ensemble featured trombone, violin, viola, Banjo, Bassoon, English horn, and other instruments that accompanied the solo clarinet. The version I heard this morning featured Michael Collins, Clarinet.
On this CD we also get music by three other composers, as listed below:
- Gnarly Buttons for clarinet & ensemble
- Clarinet Concerto
- New York Counterpoint
- Gra – for solo clarinet
- Tephillah, for clarinet and electronics
Performed by Alain Damiens & Franck Rossi (clarinets), with the InterContemporain Ensemble, conducted by David Robertson
Here is a video of John Adams Gnarly Buttons Movement I :
That’s so much fun!
Tags: John Adams, Gnarly Buttons, Michael Collins, Clarinet