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By Gary D. Belshaw (ASCAP)

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Clarinet and Piano - Advanced
Composed by Gary D. Belshaw (ASCAP). 20th Century, Contemporary Classical, Post-Romantic. Score, Solo Part. 21 pages. Published by Gary D. Belshaw Music (S0.274999).

Item Number: S0.274999

The title of a Paul Simon song from the 60's inspired this three-movement work for solo clarinet and piano. The music of Monologues represents three kinds of social conversations.
I. Desultory - A desultory monologue is marked by a disconnected jumping or passing from one thing to another, especially things not connected with the main subject. A twelve-tone row seems to lend itself naturally to this kind of disconnected expression.
II. Epigrammatic - The term might be applied to monologues in which the speaker uses few words to make important observations or statements. The clarinet’s motives seem to be interrupted by figures in the piano which are the result of the completion of the twelve-tone rows begun by the clarinet.
III. Philippic - It is nearly impossible to be a part of social conversation that does not lead at some point to verbal harangues against individuals, entities, or ideologies in politics. Demosthenes titled each of his orations against King Philip of Macedon a Philippic, as did Cicero his speeches against Mark Antony, and thus began a time-honored tradition. The music of this movement includes frequent changes of both regular and irregular meters and repetitions of musical motives and figures. Rondo form enhances the representation of a speaker driving home one principal subject.

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