2014 • 4 minutes • solo bass clarinet
This piece is written as a short musical conversation between myself and Paul Bendzsa. All of the material in it (except for a short “signature” of mine at the end) is derived from Paul's name: [P]A[UL] BE[N]D[Z]SA. (A long standing musical tradition interprets the letter B as a B flat, the letter E as an E flat and the letter S as an E natural). The non-musical letters make up the title of the piece. Using this pitch set, I pose musical questions to Paul, leaving measured space for him to respond in the form of improvised material based on a complimentary pitch set. The piece is dedicated to Paul and the memorable musical moments we have shared.