Economies of Scale (2002) by Peter Maxwell Davies
for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

Commissioned by Patricia Mirrlees, for Sir James Mirrlees, Scottish Economist and Nobel Laureate, in the centenary year of the Nobel Prizes.

This work for clarinet in A, violin, cello and piano was premiered in May 2002 in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

The piece has a fast, rhythmic opening in which the violin and cello answer short statements by the piano with the clarinet mediating between them.

The work is decorated by rhythmic and melodic flourishes on the clarinet, violin and cello and development sees the piece pick up in tempo and activity.

— P. M. D.    

[from program for November 12, 2007 concert]