Commissioned by The _____ Experiment
DURATION - ca. 3 minutes
WORLD PREMIERE - October 28, 2017: Cook Recital Hall, Michigan State University: The _____ Experiment - Michelle Myers, clarinet; Andrew Hosler, saxophone; Natalie Pate, harp
TWO VERSIONS OF THIS PIECE
B-flat Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone
Bass Clarinet and Alto Saxophone
Both versions are $20 for full set (8.5x11 score and parts).
This trio, written for the chamber group The _____ Experiment, is designed to be a deceptive concert opener or closer for a unique instrumentation. The work takes its inspiration from the Seventh Circle of Hell in Dante's Inferno, or the Violent Circle. Divided into three rings (Against Neighbor; Against Self; and Against God, Art, and Nature), Dante must ward off a band of Minotaurs, Harpies, Centaurs, and other fantastical creatures in order to continue his religious crusade through all Nine Circles of Hell.
Inferno 7.0 is thus divided into three sections, each approximately a minute long featuring a different ring. The first ring descends into nonstop madness as murderers and thieves wallow in the blood of their guilt. A sudden jolt into the second ring is fulfilled as the Harpies feast upon the sinners entrapped in trees, who have given up on life altogether. This leaves nothing but desolation and the emptiness of the Burning Plain of Sand in the third ring, playing host to the blasphemous inhabitants all lost and alone in their suffering.