Filius Prodigus

Composer: Henrique Coe
Bass clarinet: Thiago Tavares

Concert: 26th November 2016 (Panorama da Música Brasileira Atual)
Palácio da Justiça (Rio de Janeiro)

Program Note:
Filius Prodigus, for bass clarinet, was composed based on the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15, 11-31). Peter Stoll performed the world premiere on the 15th March 2016 at the University of Toronto (Canada) and Thiago Tavares performed the Brazilian premiere on the 22nd November 2016 at “Série Compositores” at UNIRIO (Rio de Janeiro). Thiago also performed it on the 26th November 2016 at Palácio da Justiça (Rio de Janeiro) at the Panorama da Música Brasileira Atual.
The Introduction shows a happy ambiance at the father’s house. Part A presents the younger son away from his father’s house and his consequent grief, expressed by multiphonics. A transition to part B may be associated to the return of the younger son and the run with compassion of his father towards him. Part B shows the father’s merry reception, having forgiven his contrite son. A multiphonic, showing the envy of the elder son, is played again bringing back tension to the piece. Part C refers to this tension and to the dialogue between the father and his elder son. The festive ambiance returns at the end of the piece, part B’, showing the happiness of the father for having his young son back to life. A Coda, reminding the Introduction, reinforce the festive ambiance.


Bass clarinet: Peter Stoll

Concert (world premiere): 15th March 2016 (Student Composers’ Concert)
Walter Hall (University of Toronto)