Peregrinations (1997) by Wayne Peterson
for clarinet

Peregrinations was commissioned by clarinetist Allen Blustine. This single movement draws upon almost all the multi-faceted resources of the clarinet. Its moods are highly volatile. The motifs and rhythmic gestures presented in a quiet, somewhat tentative opening statement are germane to all that follows. Sustained, lyric moments emerge from time to time only to be unexpectedly shattered by menacing figures that coalesce into rapid, irregular passages that demand utmost virtuosity. Eventually their energy flags. The phrases disintegrate and are gradually overtaken by a series of closing, chorale-like tremolos based on the tranquil beginning.

— W. P.    

[from program for September 20, 2007 concert]