Street Sounds (Live from Portland) by Nicholas Alan Yandell published on 2017-03-18T05:10:28Z I was prompted by my teacher, Dr. Brad Hansen, to compose a work for clarinet and piano using a pitch-class set. I chose the set “0,1,5,7” and worked with the sounds and natural characteristics of the clarinet and piano in different ranges and using various instrumental techniques. With the timbres of the these instruments playing these interval combinations through my thoughts, I took one of my frequent walks through downtown Salem, Oregon in the earliest hours of morning. I experienced the both peaceful and restless sounds and moods of this little city at night. The dim-lit alleys, the nearly empty sidewalks, the automobile hums, the rising and falling of sporadic conversations and the occasional flickering fears that fasten themselves to lonely walkers; all of these characteristics sparked the musical elements in my head and Street Sounds was born!