Composed for the Bowdoin International Music Festival as a memorial to David Gamper (1945-2011), sound artist, and longtime member of Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Band.
The “theme” for the variations is a musical spelling of David’s name; much of the subsequent pitch material derives from twelve-tone extensions of the basic motto. The instrumentation was chosen because David played both clarinet and cello; in addition, his Bowdoin senior-year honors project was a composition for solo horn and 20-second tape delay system. (It is interesting to note that, even as an undergraduate, he was interested in the electronic transformation of acoustic instrumental timbre, plus the creation of “loops” and echo effects.)
Accordingly, REMEMBRING DAVID contains many repeated ostinati patterns (“echoes” of a sort), melodic passages passed from one instrument to another, and echo-sonorities produced by playing the clarinet and horn into the resonating chamber of a grand piano.