by Michael Wolters

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Written specifically for the delicate, complex and controlled tone of clarinetist and singer Jack McNeill, the piece requires the soloist to sing the syllables 'so', 'lone' and 'ly', which are fed through a sampler, creating a richly harmonic background. The piece's five main parts refer to the15th Century composer Ockeghem’s Requiem structure and are interspersed with verses of the Irish song 'She moved through the fair' sung by the soloist.
Requiem is designed to create the loneliest situation possible: a single performer, whose voice is the only material for the electronic track, relying on only themselves for their own accompaniment.
The hour-long solo for bass clarinet with electronic track was commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group for the event 'Requiem to let' (in collaboration with Stan’s Cafe) and was first performed on 26th September 2015.
Originally composed for performance in an empty shop unit in Birmingham that still held the remains of a business going bankrupt, 'Requiem to let' was devised as swan-song for the British High Street.


released December 12, 2016

Composed by Michael Wolters
Performed by Jack McNeill
Produced by Simon Hall
Commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Recorded in the studios at Birmingham Conservatoire
Supported by Birmingham City University




Michael Wolters Birmingham, UK

I was born in 1971 in Mönchengladbach and grew up in Niederkrüchten, a small German village on the Dutch border. My works have been performed in venues and at festivals all over the world. I work in close relationship with the German theatre artist Marcus Droß. I am also Deputy Head of Composition at the amazing Birmingham Conservatoire. For more information please go to my website. ... more

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