Lush darkness – glaring light
Bass trombone, solo
by Clare Farr, with support from The Norwegian Composers’ fund
Clare Farr released a solo album in 2022 and invited me to write a new piece for solo bass trombone for this occasion.
I wrote the piece after having had many conversations, meetings and run-throughs with Clare. I wanted to make a piece that took into account many of her wishes, that explores the instrument and that has some of the challenges of writing a solo piece. It encompasses the lowest and the highest pitches and, while including fast, demanding passages, it concludes in a long and melodic section – perhaps this is what makes the piece?