Daniel Eichenbaum, Composer
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Gagarin for Bb clarinet and fixed media
Yuri Gagarin uniquely represents a nexus of space exploration and music. Gagarin was the first person to orbit the Earth and broadcast a live musical performance from space. While in orbit, Gagarin sang and broadcast the Shostakovich song "The Homeland Hears" (Rodina Slushit). In my piece, I roughly paraphrase part of the Shostakovich melody. The "clicks" in the electronic part are actual samples I recorded of switches and dials from an old Moog synthesizer. The rest of the electronic part uses sine waves, square waves, and filtered noise in homage to the electronic music technology of the time period.
Maxwell for Bb clarinet and fixed media
People have asked me what it's like to be a father. I wish I had the words to describe all the emotions fatherhood stirs. If I could describe them, perhaps I would've been a poet or author. Instead, I use sound. Let me tell you about my son, Max.
Prelude and Fugue after Bach for unaccompanied Bb clarinet
I have always been enamored with the music of Bach. Bach’s fugues and cello suites excite me as wonderfully intricate, dense pieces. Bach loves to superimpose multiple lines on one to create a compound melody. While listening to Bach’s music, a question dawned on me: Is it possible to adapt these styles to an instrument capable of playing only one note at a time? The Prelude of Bach’s G Major cello suite opens with a G major arpeggio that becomes the basis of my Prelude. I use the intervals of the arpeggio freely to build sequences of rising pitches, and intervals not from the arpeggio to create falling lines. My Fugue is built using the same interval selection as the Prelude but features compound lines with much greater density. The original clarinet version was written for Cheryl Melfi and the alto saxophone version is for Shyen Lee.
Fantasy in Black for solo Bb clarinet and four Bb clarinet parts
This is a short arrangement of the folk tune “Black is the Color.” It is scored for solo Bb clarinet and 4-part Bb clarinet choir. Written for and premiered by Cheryl Melfi and the Mahidol University Clarinet Ensemble.
Trans-Atlantic for four Bb clarinet parts and Bb bass clarinet
From 1976 to 2003, the supersonic passenger jet Concorde regularly traversed the Atlantic at more than twice the speed of sound. The title of this work derives from Concorde's trans-Atlantic flight path as well as the trans-Atlantic connection between myself and the Concorde Clarinets. Like Concorde, this piece flies quickly. Commissioned and premiered by the Concorde Clarinets
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Fading Light for woodwind quintet
Fading Light began as a memorial to my grandmother who died in early 2009. As her health declined, she began to gradually lose her mental faculties as well as her ability to carry on meaningful conversations. She would often babble incoherently or begin a lucid thought only to trail off incoherently. This piece is not intended as a programmatic work. Instead, its premise is an inability to hold a single idea for an extended period. There are frequent interruptions and tangents but all the musical material is through composed and developed. The music searches for a sense of resolution but is foiled by its own internal motion.
Fun and Games for woodwind quintet
In 2003, I suffered a bout of a rare mental condition known as Composerus Seriousitis. Symptoms of this disorder include an intense desire to write deep, meaningful music, an over- whelming urge to distance oneself from any music that is less than the “High Art,” and an innate need to “suffer” for one’s Art. In an effort to exorcise my mental condition, I set out to write Fun and Games as a way to recapture the sheer joy of writing a piece that poked fun at itself and never once threatened to be “High Art.”
Nearer… for flute, clarinet, cello, and piano
Nearer… was written in June 2009 as the inaugural commission by Quadrivium. The word “nearer” takes a double meaning in this work. It refers to the hymn “Nearer My God to Thee,” which forms the basis of the musical material, as well as the foiled attempts to perform an unadulterated version of the melody. Performed by Quadrivium.
Orbit for flute and clarinet with fixed media and live electronic processing
American astronaut Joseph Allen wrote the following of his orbital experience above planet Earth: We orbit and float in our space gondola and watch the oceans and islands and green hills of the continent pass by at five miles per second. We move silently and effortlessly past the ground. I want to say “over the ground” as I write this, but remember that in space your sense of up or down is completely gone and my description must reflect this fact. In addition, the breathtaking speed of the ship is an odd and confusing contrast to the feel of perpetually floating within the spaceship. You do not sit before the window to view the passing scene, but rather you float there and look out on the scene, certainly not down upon it. Are you speeding past oceans and continents, or are you just hovering and watching them move beside you? All the electronic sounds in Orbit were created using samples from flutist Rebecca Ashe and clarinetist Cheryl Melfi.