Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
‘A Trillion Miles of Darkness’
duration: 23’
GRT • 190


score available from
Australian Music Centre

program note
I. desolate
II. celestial
III. alone, unto the end of the world

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano is written for Paul Dean. It is the 9th in a series of sonatas undertaken in the new millennium. ‘A trillion miles of darkness’ is a phrase from Michael Faber’s 2014 novel, The Book of Strange New Things. This sonata does not attempt to portray Faber’s book, but it does connect to its premise of being an unfathomably long way from one’s home planet; and also to the metaphorical idea of psychological darkness that can envelop us.

The premiere performance was given by Paul Dean (clarinet) and Kevin Power (piano) at Ian Hanger Recital Hall, QLD Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane, on Thursday 8 September 2016.