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Ian Wilson: Abyssal

  • for bass clarinet and ensemble
  • fl, cl(Bb), hp, guit, vln, cb
  • Duration: 20’
  • Soloists:
    bass clarinet in Bb
  • Instrumentation details:
    flute (+picc
    alto fl)
    clarinet in Bb (+cl(Eb))
  • Composer: Ian Wilson
  • Dedication: for Harry Sparnaay


World première

Project Arts Centre, Dublin (IE)
Crash Ensemble
David Brophy
Main soloists:
Harry Sparnaay, bass cl

Press reviews

“Ian Wilson’s ‘Abyssal’ may have been often light in texture and spare of notes, but it was also overwhelmingly heavy of message. Its spaced-out, falling lines seem to tell not only of sighing and of keening, but also of burdens not quite lifted, agonies not quite suppressed. Stark and emotionally direct in its exploitation of quarter tones, it represents a recent and extremely impressive dark turn in the composer’s output.”

(The Irish Times, 28 December 2000. Harry Sparnaay, bass clarinet, Crash Ensemble/David Brophy)

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