Swiftly to Virginia
Onto some virtuosic postmodern tonal music from the early 1980s: Chris Hobbs’ Swiftly to Virginia (1981/91), for Eb clarinet and piano. Chris wrote this piece for Virginia, who specialised in Eb clarinet, and performed it with her in its final version at the University of Redlands on 12 March 1992. Like a lot of live performances, this recording is raw and has many noticeable errors, but it’s a rather tough piece for the little instrument. Here it is for interest; if you’d like to play it, the score is available in the EMC Catalogue.