Clarence Barber- Kiribilli

Kiribilli was composed for and is dedicated to David Schwartz. Work was begun during the spring of 1988 and the piece was completed August 30 of that year. The premiere performance took place the following year.

The title of this composition is taken from an aboriginal word which translates as "a good place to fish." It was chosen in reference to the composer's principal mode of escape. Kiribilli is based on the interplay between lines of contrasting timbres. It was a daunting task to sustain interest yet provide contrast while restricted to a single voice. I also wanted to write a work that had a bouncy, jazzy, saxophone feel but that was not a jazz piece. It took several contemplative searches to find this musical "Kiribilli" but I finally found the work true to my image.

Clarence Barber
March 2, 1994

Clarence Barber is currently assistant director of bands for the Midview Local Schools in Grafton Ohio, and teaches percussion at Lorain County Community College.

A 1973 graduate of Kent State University, Barber has done graduate work at Kent State and the University of Akron. A composition student of Walter Watson and Ralph Turek, Barber studied percussion with James Adkins, Michael Rosen and Larry Snider. The composer is a member of ASCAP, the Percussive Arts Society, Ohio Music Education Association, MENC, and is a "composer-friend" of the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association (T.U.,B.A.).

His other works for saxophone include A Lincolnshire Whimsy for saxophone ensemble, Vignettes for saxophone quartet, Vestiges of Sorrow for alto saxophone, tuba and percussion and New York Concerto for alto saxophone and band.

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