The Acrobat

The AcrobatJason Brauer
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Instrumentation

Flute, clarinet, & piano
3 minutes 30 seconds

Duration

2016

Year of composition

The first piece completed at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, "The Acrobat" is a short character sketch that uses twirling woodwind writing and a circus waltz feel to evoke a trapeze artist sailing through the air. After a catastrophic fall signified by a downward chromatic run, the acrobat regains their senses in a sparse keyless section. Luckily, they make a triumphant return, accompanied by a virtuosic finale. The live recording is from the first of three composers' forums at Interlochen, with Sebastian Brea on flute, Daniel Solowey on clarinet, and myself on piano.