12 Snippets
For Flute, Clarinet, Cello and Piano
1999
2½ minutes

Considering my name, I felt it was obligatory for me to respond to a call for scores by the "Association Decadanse" in Lunel, France for composers from around the world to each submit five to fifteen compositions, each of a maximum length of (sic) ten seconds. I contributed an even dozen, varying the instrumentation from solos to a quartet comprised of flute, clarinet, cello, and piano. To cap off the set, the final "snippet" is a complete, 10 second-long four-movement sonata.

TWELVE SNIPPETS was premiered in the spring of 2000 as part of the Association Decadanse's "2000 for 2000" festival in southern France. Enjoying a large "life after premiere", it has also been performed by New York's Soundclock, at the 2001 Philladelphia Fringe Festival, at the 24th New Music and Arts Festival at Bowling Green State University (performed by the chamber group “Brave New Works”), at the ICSM League of Composers' New York concert in May, 2004, at the 2003 New Music North festival in Canada, and recently at the American Chamber Ensemble's 40th anniversary concert in New York. It has been recorded with the composer at the piano on the 4-Tay CD,"The Twisted Pine Branch".

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2001
4Tay CD4020
 
Haskell Small's 12 SNIPPETS (each 10 seconds long) for flute, clarinet, cello and piano revealed how much wit one can pack within very circumscribed borders.
The Washington Post (Cecilia Porter)

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Twelve Snippets (Excerpt)