Catch by Thomas Ades
Duration: 9 min
Start video at
: 30:20
First Performance:
1993, St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, UK
Lynsey Marsh/Anthony Marwood/Louise Hopkins/Thomas Adès

This Performance:
July 31, 2022
Kate Kilgus, clarinet
Alayne Wegner, violin
Audrey Hudgens, cello
Marissa Kerbel, piano

"Catch structures itself around various combinations of the four instruments. There are several games going on: at the start, the clarinet is the outsider, the other three are the unit, then, after a decoy entry, the clarinet takes the initiative. All four then play jovial ‘pig-in-the-middle’ with each other. The clarinet is then phased out leaving a sullen piano and cello, with interjections based on the clarinet’s original tune. This slower passage gradually mutates back into fast music, and this time the game is in earnest: the piano is squeezed out, only to lure the clarinet finally into the snare of its own music."

-Thomas Adès
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