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Piano, string quartet and clarinet in Bb (bass clarinet in Bb) - Grade 5
Composed by Jorg Widmann. This edition: ED 9744; Saddle-stitch. Chamber Music with Piano. Score and parts. With Text language: German - English. Composed 1999. 132 pages. Duration 13 minutes. Published by Schott Music (SD.49033265).

Item Number: SD.49033265

ISBN 9790001136778.

With the title of this composition, Fever Fantasy, Jorg Widmann refers to its musical air: 'I often feel Robert Schumann's melodic shape to be like the amplitude of a temperature curve: nervous, flickering, feverish, an infinite number of small and large wave crests and troughs within the principal line.'The composer approaches this sound phenomenon with a setting for acoustic instruments. Nevertheless, he succeeds in conjuring up very unusual sound spectrums. Over long sections, the notation of this score mirrors the musical progressions, containing no concrete pitches but detailed performance instructions instead. Slowly, individual tones emergefrom ascending pizzicato lines, colourless sound surfaces, sounds of harmonics roughened by tremolos, and virtuoso clarinet scales, tones that do not reveal their origin until the work ends: C - F - E - D sharp, the beginning of Schumann's first violin sonata.

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