BATON

BATON

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fl, bscl, vln, vcl, orchestra
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18
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Composer's note:

 

Baton, for
flute, bass clarinet,  violin, cello and
orchestra, was written at the request of Christian Baldini for the U.C. Davis
Symphony with four of my favorite musicians -- Tod Brody, Peter Josheff, Hrabba
Atladottir, and Thalia Moore -- as soloists. It’s dedicated, with great
admiration and affection, to Tod, Peter, Hrabba, and Thalia and to Christian.

The piece is in one movement  lasting around seventeen minutes. After an
opening section in which the four soloists play together with orchestral
punctuation and commentary, each of the soloists has their turn in this order –
violin, bass clarinet, cello, and flute. It’s as if they’re in a relay race – one
player passing the baton to the next. Following the flute solo section, all
four soloists play together again in a more sustained dialogue with the
orchestra.

Each soloist has its own specific character (or characters)
and these are established at the beginning of the piece. The flute tends to be
calm and unruffled. It’s the flute who teaches some of the players of the
orchestra to be soloists and encourages them to come forward. Later, during its
solo turn, the flute weathers some brutal onslaughts from the brass and
percussion. Calmness and reason prevail eventually though, and the flute coaxes
the other three soloists to re-emerge so that the piece may proceed to its
quiet conclusion.

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