Basset Clarinet (Acrostic Sonnet)
Basset clarinet has fourteen letters –
A tiny fraction of the sounds she plays
So fast and fluid; frees us from the fetters
Set by expectation. To amaze,
Extension of the lower notes so rich
Transforms experience we have today;
Cantabile she strokes the range of pitch,
Light-hearted, silky tone, and joy her way.
Arpeggios flow effortlessly upward,
Rhythms, Bach and jazz, variety,
Instil in us a spellbound fascination –
Natural her feats of memory.
Ensemble with her pianist precise
Treats us with this chromatic paradise.
Peter Horsfield 29/8/2013
Inspired by lunchtime concert performed at
Leatherhead Methodist Church on 29th August 2013
by Anna Hashimoto and Andrew Saunders.
You will find more of Peter Horsfield's concert inspired poems on our poetry page
Basset Clarinet (Acrostic)
Bass notes thrumming deep, chromatic beauty,
Arpeggios, scales, so confidently play,
Sounds seizing senses, Bach amazes.
Sonatas, Pocket Size, and with familiar lays,
Each movement, microcosm, yet fully formed,
Tells of composer's skill and agile mind.
Clarinet, no stand of steel obscures,
Lone player looks to pianist, and then
As one, they race in furious frenzy,
Race to entertain, speed in perfect harmony,
Incline to read their signs of synchronicity,
Now reaching for that vital final chord.
End comes, though none are willing,
Tico Tico, with smiles and joy abroad.
Peter Steadman 31/8/2013
Inspired by this same concert.