Steep Steps (2001) by Elliott Carter
for clarinet

Steep Steps was written for the greatly admired clarinetist and friend, Virgil Blackwell, during the summer of 2001. Its title comes from the fact that, unlike the other woodwind instruments, the clarinet overblows at the twelfth, a large interval that forms the basis of much of this composition.

— E. C.    

[from program for October 20, 2008 concert]