From the composer:
Duende is a commission from Duo Antwerp, formed by Daniel Bellovi (Bass Clarinet) and Adilia Yip (Marimba), to promote the growth of bass clarinet as a solo instrument, and include Spanish music in the repertoire of this wonderful instrument.
It has been performed in its concerts by the Duo Antwerp in various countries. The version for euphonium and marimba was premiered at the AETYB Festival Madrid 2019 - Super Regional ITEA by the Moreau VanTuinen Duo.
After an initial introduction in the form of lament, Duende develops between the first theme marked by the rhythmic ostinato of the marimba (register to low E) and the second theme in the form of buleria in which the two instruments alternate the melodic role. Interspersed between the two themes appear the demanding and suggestive cadences for the bass clarinet or the euphonium and the marimba.
The marked Spanish character of the piece, a good dose of virtuosity in the solo cadenzas, and catchy melodies to the rhythm of buleria, make Duende an irresistible score for a recital of bass clarinet or euphonium with marimba, for the performers and for the public.
- Eduardo Nogueroles
Solo parts included: bass clarinet, euphonium (TC & BC), marimba