Was surprised to see this one slipped to the second page without being commented on!
The first movement certainly has a nice whimsical feel, which is actually quite nice considering I'm not a huge fan of atonal music. The second movement provides a nice contrast to the first. I could see this as the depiction of a child who is in an extremely playful (perhaps even hyper) mood in the first movement, then relaxed, or tired in the second. I like how the third movement continues the whimsical feel, but in more of a subdued way. Perhaps as the child drifts off into a dream-world?
Thanks for listening, Michael.
I have considered that technical difficulty(of performance) along with
constant shifts can confuse the listener's ear. Sometimes it may take more than one listening.
Gary, I see no reason to post anything but "good comments" regarding this work! It IS a good work, it merits good comments.
Might you consider forwarding me a score of it? I have an excellent clarinetist who might enjoy playing possibly a movement from it at the Music Festival next May. Since 2010 would have been Samuel Barber's 100th anniversary we diced last year that the over-all focus of the 2010 edition of the Festival of music and arts would be "music of the Americas". What lovelier way to celebrate that than by playing a premiere?