SERENITY


  • Trio for Bb clarinet, cello, and piano
  • Duration: 5 minutes
  • Premiere performance by Cait Nishimura (clarinet), Beth Silver (cello), and Elaine Cheung (piano), 2011
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Serenity is a piece inspired by the Serenity Prayer and the notion of accepting - with grace - the things we cannot control. I have always found peace in stargazing, and the thematic material for this piece came to me while enjoying a quiet moment under a full moon.

I have always thought that the clarinet and the cello share a similar tone colour, and I wanted to explore the possibilities when pairing them together in a chamber setting. Playing this piece in its early stages brought me great comfort during a stressful time, and I hope it will evoke a similar feeling in future performers and audiences.