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Vehemence
Quartet for Clarinet in Eb, Violin, Violoncello and Piano

Air and Simple Gifts, performed by Itzhak Perlman and Yo Yo Ma.

On 20th January 2017 the 45th President of the United States of America used his inauguration address to vilify the institutions and legacy of the previous administration, and in language with a vehement tone of delivery that was harsh, even offensive to some of those listening. To others it represented a robust declaration and promise to change the status quo and ‘give power back to the people'. It was a far cry from the inauguration address of his predecessor who, before taking the oath of office, had commissioned a short piece, Air and Simple Gifts, from movie composer John Williams for performance by Itzhak Perlman, Yo-yo Ma, Anthony McGill and Gabriela Montera. 

Vehemence takes the new president's words and delivery of his inaugural address as its source material, mapping the very letters of his text to pitch and his spoken delivery to rhythmic phrases.

Vehemence joins four other works by the composer where a similar device has been used create novel harmonic sound objects.

The music is dedicated to Eric Wubbels and the composers of The Wet Ink Ensemble, New York City.


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