Richard Dudas – Variations for Clarinet Solo (1993)
Andante espressivo – Deciso – Molto Allegro e leggero – Andante con rubato – Allegro scherzando – Tranquillo ed espressivo – Veloce
Music ©2004 Richard Dudas. Performed by Pete Furniss, clarinet, James Shannon, recording engineer.
Variations for Clarinet Solo was written at the request of clarinetist Susanna Warren who premiered the composition in the spring of 1993 as part of a live clarinet recital on Classic FM radio in the U.K. Each of the variations in the set has its own individual external character in addition to an internal compositional device, including a variation based on serial techniques, and another composed algorithmically using computer-assisted composition. The composition offers an additional twist on the traditional variation form: the original “theme” used for the entire set is actually the central movement – a duet for solo clarinet.