Daniel Goode's Clarinet Songs
has long been a favorite on the new music concert circuit. It is a 75-
minute suite for solo clarinet which Goode began writing for himself in
1979, and reached its current form in 1991. It uses all of Goode's
virtuosic techniques distilled into sixteen "Songs without Words," a
poetics of the new clarinet. It is made up of a series of individual
pieces, each a sound world of its own, based on some unique material,
perhaps a specific technical, poetic, or sonic idea, or some synthesis
of these. Most use circular breathing for continuity and use alternate
fingerings which produce non-tempered intervals with unusual, striking
"Clarinet Songs proved to be searching solo studies."
"Clarinet Songs are marked by deep emotion and a meditative virtuosity."
"Daniel Goode is one of those rare spirits who never abandoned the purity of '60s conceptualism, and whose work has been too neglected since the country lurched in a more superficial direction."