Sascha Lino Lemke: Pas de deux (2008)
“Pas de deux” combines the classical clarinet in B flat with a so called Bohlen-Pierce clarinet. This second instrument is tuned to a scale of equidistant steps mesuring approximately 146 cents -almost the same size as a neutral second (inbetween a minor and a major second). For the composition of “Pas de deux” I decided to “abuse” the newly built instrument, which was constructed to be able to play many intervals in fairly just intonation: Instead of using these pure intervals as the starting point, I combined the scales of the two differently tuned instruments; the ordinary chromatic scale and the Bohlen-Pierce-Scale, often using them for two very simple, simultanously descending lines. As the steps of the Bohlen-Pierce-Scale are slightly larger than the chromatic scale, the Bohlen Pierce Clarinet will descend faster than the traditional Clarinet. To the resulting intervals I then added shadows of difference and summation tones, giving birth to a very particular world of microtonal harmony.
Sascha Lino Lemke studied composition, electronic music and music theory in Hamburg, Lüneburg and Paris. He has been awarded several prizes such as the Kranichsteiner Prize in Darmstadt. His works have been performed by many soloists and ensembles all around the world.