The Bohlen-Pierce Symposium
First symposium on the Bohlen-Pierce scale, Boston, March 7 – 9, 2010
De Ritis: Five Moods

Anthony De Ritis: Five Moods (2010)

“Five Moods” are five short pieces, all one minute or less, for Bohlen-Pierce (BP) clarinet and tape. Special thanks to BP clarinetist, Amy Advocat, who allowed me to record samples of her playing her special clarinet at Northeastern’s recording studio, and thanks to Brian Dixon, for recording and editing the samples. Together we recorded short attacks, long tones (soft and loud) and various special effects, and built a mini-library, which, at Georg Hajdu’s suggestion, we will make available to the BP community.

This is my first endeavor with the BP scale, so these short works are really explorations. I appreciate your indulgence in listening to these chords, beats, attacks, and peculiarities that I felt exploited the best of the scale and this newly-formed instrument.