Tunes from a Tree House


Tunes from a Tree House for B-flat clarinet and piano was composed in 2015 for clarinetist Doris Hall-Gulatiand pianist Steven Graff. The twomovements in this work are based on memories from my childhood of events seen and heard from a tree house. In Sally's Waltz, the innocent, sunlit dance of a red-haired girl surrounds a darker moment alluding to the difficulties she will confront as an adult. Charlie's Practice is quite hurried,motivated by an anticipated bike ride. In this case, several familiar piano pieces thatCharlie played are juxtaposed and deconstructed. I practiced many of these piecesas a child, and also played clarinet, so there are multiple layers of memory in this manic collage.

© John Carbon 2015