Jot!

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Jot!

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for clarinet, marimba, and piano (1989)

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  • Premiere: 1 June 1989  / Merkin Recital Hall, New York City  / The New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program
  • Instrumentation: cl.mar.pf
  • Duration: 6'
  • Dedication: Commissioned by the Virgil Thomson Foundation for the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, 1989.
  • This piece is published by Carl Fischer and therefore unavailable for digital download. To order paper scores please visit our partner distributor, Theodore Front.

Program Note

A sunny rondo alternating a jazzy theme in seven and a more lyrical tune, Jot! was the first piece commissioned by the Virgil Thomson Foundation and the first chamber piece commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony.

The music is based loosely on the first movement of Hagen's Flute Sonata No. 1 (also published by Carl Fischer), richly developed with new countermelodies and "break-out" points for the mallet and clarinet players. 

The title comes form a quip that Virgil Thomson made to Hagen during the time that Hagen worked for the older composer as a copyist and arranger: "Honey, all we do is jot. The audience decides."

It was first performed on 1 June 1989 at Merkin Hall, in New York City, on a New York Youth Symphony Chamber Series Concert.

Reviews

Hagen's Jot!, commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony, is a rhythmically delightful work with melodic writing reminiscent of Hindemith.

— Joan Thomson Kretschmer, New York Post6/3/89