for clarinet and live electronics
Composer: Elliott Grabill
Darl is named after the character from William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. A well spoken, soul searching character, Darl frustration over the way his family copes with his deceased mother leads him on a downward spiral, culminating with his confinement at state mental institution. Although the piece doesn’t mimic the plot line, it reflects many of the emotions he experiences. His philosophical prosody, both sensitive and agitated is emulated in drawn out musical sentences and phrases. The piece also features high pitched, jarring, accented sections indicative of his frustration and insanity and an extremely transcendental ending.