Gary Nash

Gary Nash

Composer, Educator, Arranger, Clarinetist

Sheet Music

Mixed Messages (2020) 2 clarinets in A

ComposerGary Nash
PublisherGary Nash
Genre Classical / Chamber music
Instrumentation Clarinet
Scored forDuo
Type of scoreScore for two performers, Parts
Key A minor
Duration 8'0"
Difficulty Advanced
Year of composition 2020
Mixed Messages was commissioned by the Driftwood Duo, Michael and Meredith Gersten, clarinet. The title is derived from the commissioner’s request that the composition should incorporate klezmer music and that of another non-Western musical art form. Nash chose gospel as the second musical form mostly because of one of his earlier compositions titled The Message (2009) marimba solo, which is based on and inspired by a pastor’s sermon. For the klezmer part, Nash listened to several klezmer songs and composed fast note melodies and motives based on that music.

The formal structure is ternary form with the A sections using the klezmer based music and the B section using gospel music. The sections are also articulated by the A section in 3 flats (A minor), B section in no flats or sharps (A major) and the A return in 3 flats, with the gospel music used at the beginning of the A return section. Nash chose A clarinets as opposed to Bb because of the darker timbre of the A clarinet and because he wanted to have that C# 3 as the lowest pitch.

Upload date 02 Jun 2022

Sheet music file 12.00 USD
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