5th W explores vowels and timbral connections among these aerophone instruments (voice, trumpet, trombone, and bass clarinet).
Recording: loadbang, 6/22/14
This piece was composed for loadbang.
As you might deduce, the work explores the word "why," extrapolating the vowels ooh, ah, and ee. Obviously, plungers create a great "wah" sound, and I tried to emulate the nasal "ee" with straight mutes and the bass clarinet's reedy lower register. The primary inspirations for this piece were Berio's Sequenzas and Meredith Monk's Dolmen Music.
• loadbang, New York City, 12/3/14
• loadbang, Charlotte New Music Festival, June 2014