8 Ball is an exploration of the seasons of grief for clarinet quartet (3 soprano, 1 bass). It’s intended for advanced players for contest or concert.
For the Director
Key Clicks: called for in bass clarinet; use the larger lower keys for greater volume; keys are suggested by x note head position on the staff but no particular pitch is intended; to produce some degree of tone the player should blow through the mouthpiece to pressurize the instrument without vibrating the reed; the player may use their discretion for best results; demonstration of the technique may be found at this link: https://heatherroche.net/2018/07/23/bass-clarinet-key-clicks/
Finger Snaps: these are called for in all parts for percussive effect; these are just the traditional snapping of a finger off the thumb onto the palm. These are called for during pauses in the music, thus, allow the tempo to float as needed to maintain synchronicity and musicality. No particular dynamic is implied or intended, just deliver the snaps with some panache and intentionality!