Maria Teresa Treccozzi – Ayre (2015)
for solo clarinet without mouthpiece
Maria Teresa Treccozzi composed Ayre for the Impuls Festival 2015, where I had the chance to work first with her and to premiere the piece.
Like in Vinko Globokar’s Voix instrumentalisée, Treccozzi decided to remove the clarinet primary sound source, the reed-mouthpiece combination (but working with a clarinet, instead of a bass clarinet). Despite this shared starting point, the two works develop in distinct directions, Globokar’s being built on the intimate, grotesque power of human voice, Treccozzi’s transforming the clarinet into an hybrid air machine/percussive tool.