Clarinet quartet (3 Bb clarinets and bass clarinet)
Twitch is about the unpredictable and irregular. It takes a small amount of musical material and presents it in many different ways in order to surprise the listener's expectations. Recurring rhythmic and melodic cells are shifted and displaced, so motifs which appear to be familiar are actually unpredictable. This is loosely inspired by shifting patterns such as physical twitches and bird calls. The piece was composed to showcase a quartet's ensemble skills, hence, the syncopation and rhythmic unity in Twitch poses a real challenge to any quartet.
Composed for The Clari Boys. Premiered at What Could be Smetanin This?, 2017.