Ryan Woodward Composition

Ryan Woodward (b. 1991) is a performer and composer from Harleysville, Pennsylvania. He Graduated from Susquehanna University summa cum laude in 2014 with a degree in Music Performance, where he studied composition under Dr. Patrick Long, and he Graduated from the Peabody Conservatory summa cum laude in 2016 with a degree in computer music composition, where he studied under Dr. McGregor Boyle and Dr. Geoffrey Wright.

Suite From an Unwritten Opera (For Clarinet and Cello)

                This work for clarinet and cello is in many ways a parody of opera.  The piece achieves this by taking many of the idiosyncrasies of operatic writing and then exaggerated them.  This piece has five distinct section.  The first is an Aria in which the cello only plays pizzicato chord while the clarinet plays the melody.  The second section, a duet, features imitative counterpoint between the clarinet and cello.  the intermezzo that follows is slower and more contemplative than the previous section.  The following Da Capo Aria features two part counterpoint between the clarinet and cello and is much more intense than any of the sections the preceded it.  The piece ends with a minuet and trio in which the first two beats are longer than the third giving it a lopsided feel.  

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Premiere March 30, 2014, Jon Moody - Cello, Ryan Woodward - Clarinet

Ryan Woodward Composition