My second piece for The Hindemith Ensemble is intentionally quite different from my first (Variations for an Odd Band, since withdrawn). In place of the excited jumble of juxtaposed materials is a fairly homogenous, intensely lyrical, somewhat melancholy song. Instruments play either long, vocal lines or busy accompanimental textures, represented by the clarinet and piano, respectively; this dichotomy remains sharply defined throughout the piece.
Writing for friends always feels relaxing and easy for me; similarly, the experience of playing music with friends is equal parts work, camaraderie, and pure fun. The title Play it by Ear refers to that feeling.
Note: Play it by Ear exists in two versions. The original, from 2007, is for mixed nonet; the clarinetist Derek Bermel asked me for a clarinet and piano version in 2011, and I happily obliged.
ListenTimo Andres: Play it by Ear [ensemble version]
recorded live at Roulette, NYC, March 2008
performers Miki Cloud and Nicholas DiEugenio, violins; Anne Lanzilotti, viola; Hannah Collins, cello; Cameron Arens, bass; Rebecca Doggett, clarinet; Aaron Apaza, bassoon; Alma Liebrecht, horn; Timo Andres, piano
recorded live at Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, November 2011
performers Derek Bermel, clarinet; Timo Andres, piano