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About the work:
The composition of Melisma was inspired by a recording the composer heard of a famous taximi – a slow non-rhythmic improvisatory piece in Greek traditional music – by Tassos Chalkias, one of Greece's prominent folk clarinetists. The work presents an extended, free-flowing melody adorned by intricate ornamentation, after the manner of the taximi. This is similar to the klezmerstyle of clarinet playing, no note being permitted to stay ‘in pitch’ for any length of time, instead being subject to almost continuous pitch shifts and timbral modulation.