|The Charlie Effect|
for clarinet, bass clarinet and piano
James Scott Balentine
Commissioned by Elizabeth Crawford and Peter Wright for performance at ClarinetFest 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Recorded by Robert Walzel, clarinet, and Steven Glaser, piano on Wild Exotic Dances on Albany Records. Order from Amazon or iTunes.
Duration: 4 minutes
The Charlie Effect was written at the request of Elizabeth Crawford, for performance at ClarinetFest 2004, Baltimore, Maryland. The piece is an energetic and playful rondo, whose character is reminiscent of a large black cat who occupied the same premises with the composer for ten years. The title, however, comes not from the cat (whose human name was Eboneezer), but from a close friend who helped shape my attitude toward cats, children, and other multidimensional creatures with whom one happily shares one's life.
- James Scott Balentine