“Chuchichäschtli” is the Swiss-German word for kitchen cupboard.  It is also a word foreigners find very difficult to pronounce: the ‘ch’ is pronounced as in the German word ‘ach,’ and the ‘sch’ as in the English word ‘sheep.’  The word is as fun as it is difficult to say.  Chuchichäschtli was written for Benjamin Mitchell, an American clarinetist living in Zurich, Switzerland.

Instrumentation: bass clarinet and percussion

Duration: ca. 6 minutes

Year composed: 2012

Erin Cameron, bass clarinet

Colin Frank, percussion

(live performance at SICPP 2014)

Diego Vásquez, bass clarinet

Mike Jones, percussion

(live performance at Hartford New Music Festival 2015)