Street was conceived as a soundtrack to an excerpt from “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces,” a film by William H. Whyte.  As a social study and documentary, it is an unlikely source of musical inspiration, but the footage and the often humorous yet informative commentary provide a clear narrative.  In the first half of the particular segment that inspired this soundtrack, Whyte discusses Paley Park (Manhattan), a public space that interacts successfully with the street.  In the second half, several unsuccessful examples (spaces that reject the street) are examined.  Street was commissioned by Musiqa of Houston.

Instrumentation: B-flat clarinet and percussion

Duration: ca. 5 minutes

Year composed: 2012

Lin Ma, clarinet

Robert Jay Garza III, percussion

Part 1

Part 2