Duration: c. 8'
2. On the Beach
3. The Bee and the Horseshoe Crab
COMMISSIONED by West Chester University for Duo Del Sol (Henry Grabb & Karen Danessa).
PREMIERED by Henry Grabb & Karen Danessa, Steinway Hall NYC (October 2018).
AVAILABLE from your favorite sheet music dealer, or direct from Presser.
YOUTUBE of live performance by Rachel Messing and Tim Haas.
YOUTUBE of live performance by Merideth Hite Estevez and Christopher Nichols.
"Daniel Dorff has been one of the most prolific composers for the clarinet, including his concerto Summer Solstice and his solo bass clarinet piece Flowers of St. Francis, premiered at the Assisi ClarinetFest. His music is full of interesting melodic invention and rhythmic vitality, and Hot Spots, composed in the summer of 2018, is a worthwhile contribution to the repertoire that is completely in line with his music aesthetic.
"Hot Spots is an 8-minute, three-movement work of bubbly, beach-inspired music: "Sunsplash," a syncopated, predominantly homorhythmic piece; "On the Beach," a free call-and-response opening followed by a languid, cantabile duet in which the instruments walk in lock step and diverge with a particularly effective climax toward the end; thd "The Bee and the Horseshoe Crab," a fast-paced flight with a hint of calypso and an exciting conclusion. Presser's music is always expertly printed and easy on the eyes. Hot Spots is adventurous chamber music with a light character and a sunny disposition.
The Clarinet (Osiris Molina), December 2019