Growth Spurt (2007)
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Instrumentation: Clarinet and Piano
Program Notes: Growth Spurt was commissioned by the A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation for a young artist international clarinet competition. Three finalists were chosen to perform a recital in Chicago, each playing Growth Spurt as one of the recital pieces. The performances were judged by Larry Combs and Gregory Smith. The winner of the competition was Blagoj Lamnjov of Sweden.
Growth Spurt was inspired by the birth of my son, Aidan, who was born a healthy 8 lbs., 13 oz. in October of 2007. His rapid growth and development continues to amaze me. I wrote this one month after his birth.