These trios were originally written for the Italian ensemble, Fluticity. Taking names from the dialect of Kent, the composer took terms that attracted him, and let himself be inspired by what they suggested, and not wholly by their actual meanings – folk names for flowers or agricultural land. The three parts are of equal difficulty, with the first clarinet introducing the theme most of the time. Of moderate difficulty, once the rhythmic patterns have been taken in they flow quite easily.
Summer Land is ground that lies fallow all Summer. Written as a 9/8 jig to create a lively yet quirky Summer dance.
French May is the Kentish term for Lilca, which inspired this Andantino Waltz.
Ragged Jack is the meadow lychnis or ragged robin. The term ‘ragged’ inspired the syncopated nature of this piece.
Stone Reach is a portion of a field where the stones lie thicker. It is a brisk walk through the fields – and through a few key changes. The third clarinet has the melody for most of the time.
Canterbury Bells are the wild campanula. Starting from the idea of distant bells, becoming progressively funkier! The writing uses close voicings in the style of a jazz ‘horn’ section.
Devil in the Bush was a great inspirational title. Actually a flower, otherwise known as ‘love in the mist’ this was a cue for a tricky time signature. Keep going and keep counting – it will come together in the end!