Sapphire Song for solo Bb clarinet by Donald Steven, duration ca 12′
Sapphire Song is a solo clarinet work which was commissioned and premiered by clarinetist Robert Riseling. The work is contemplative, somewhat in the character of the traditional shakuhatchi (bamboo flute) folk-art music of Japan. It is, for the most part, completely written out, but it contains several passages of varying lengths in which the performer improvises on previous material, within certain restrictions. This piece has become one of the composer’s best selling works.