Composer: Theresa Martin
Publisher: Verdant Publishing Co.
From the composer:
"While composing the opening gesture of Gryphon, I envisioned a magnificent creature possessing a magical and seductive aura standing proudly on the cliffs of an ocean. He is wild and quick-tempered, yet he can be surprisingly calm and gentle at times. Gryphon portrays the characteristics I imagine this mythical beast would have. Physically, a gryphon is commonly depicted as having the head, wings, and talons of an eagle, the body of a lion, and in some cases, the tail of a snake. According to legends, the gryphon is blessed with the speed, flight and penetrating vision of the eagle, and the strength, courage and majesty of the lion."
Range: highest pitch = written A♭6
Key signature: no ♯/♭
Time signature: none
Extended techniques: microtones, pitch bend, growl, no barlines
Jana Starling's masterclass discussion of the work can be found in The Clarinet magazine, Volume 47 No. 1.
Performer / Ensemble Link Comments Jana Starling (2011). Amanda McCandless 2019 (2020). Karem Simon 2020 (2022).
Publisher Code: SQ2976479
Length: 28.5 cm
Width: 23 cm
Thickness: 0.176 cm
Weight: 80 g