GRA (1993)

for clarinet
By Elliot Carter

GRA, dedicated to Witold Lutoslawski (1913-94), is both an embodiment of its title (‘gra’ means play in Polish), and a portrait of the great Polish composer, on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

Other works by Elliot Carter:
“A gentleman brought music to his lady's window, who hated him,...and when he persisted, she threw stones at him. Whereupon a friend of his that was within his company, said to him; "What greater honour can you have to your music, than that stones come about you, as they did to Orpheus."”
--Francis Bacon