Diesel Train (Maintenance) for bass clarinet or clarinet and piano

2001, revised for bass clarinet in 2003, and revised again in 2005, 6 minutes

Diesel Train (Maintenance) deals with the experience of a diesel-powered maintenance train going through the station you are at. The maintenance trains are unbearably loud, especially when heavily burdened, plus they leave the smell of exhaust long after they have passed.

They typically run late at night, when hopes run highest that the arriving train might be your train, and that you won't have to wait 20 minutes for the train, and that you will be home soon. When it is a diesel train instead, those hopes are dashed in a haze of cacophony and fumes.

It is a relief once these trains have passed, for the noise is gone and hope that a passenger train will arrive soon reblooms.


If you are interested in a score and parts for Diesel Train, please contact Nissim.


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  • December 17, 2005: performed by Andrew D'Angelo (bass clarinet) and Michael Rose (piano) as part of the Brooklyn New Music Collective series at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn, NY.
  • November 3, 2003: premiere of bass clarinet version by the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players (Doo Chin, bass clarinet; Jonathan Korth, piano) at the Staller Center for the Performing Arts, Stony Brook, NY.
  • December 10, 2001: world premiere by Works and Process (now Columbia New Music) at Columbia University, New York, NY.
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