Silenciosamente (1990) by Gustavo Moretto
for clarinet, violin, and piano

Two contrasting moods form the basis of this work: one quiet and reflective, the other nervous and energetic. The violin leads the espressivo voice; the piano is the primary vehicle for the more active music as it attempts to dominate the texture; the clarinet acts as a mediator. Toward the end of the piece, a final outburst of energy succumbs to the returning pedal tone (low C played by the piano), around which the last third of the piece is largely formed. Silenciosamente was premiered by Earplay in 1992.

— G. M.    

[from program for March 14, 2005 concert]