Reiter's Raga by Dan Reiter
for clarinet, viola, and cello

Reiter's Raga is a trio, originally conceived for 2 cellos and bass, revised for clarinet, cello and bass, revised again for violin, viola and cello, and finally for clarinet, viola and cello. The piece exploits three note shapes in place of chords as a basis for variations. After a short introduction the main body of material is introduced. Sections are then stretched or reduced or otherwise altered fancifully. As variations progress, cadenzas are introduced, culminating into extended solos for the cello over a 25 beat section in a classical Indian musical style. The piece closes with the opening introduction.

— D. R.    

[from program for August 31, 2007 concert]