Clarinet and Guitar
The repertoire for clarinet and guitar is sorely limited, preventing
my wife and me from working together as a duo. Transcriptions
do not work, because they typically employ ranges would leave
the guitar buried. Also, composers are scared enough of
writing for the guitar, much less guitar with a very loud wind
instrument. But done with some care, the instruments can
be combined in a satisfying way. Neebur Dot was the
first thing I composed in Nebraska, during a summer where Christy
and I lived in a crappy apartment on 10th and Washington and eked
out a living playing dance jobs with the Bobby Layne, Jimmy B,
and Lou Arnold Orchestras. The title, Neebur Dot, comes
from Christy's phonetic realization of the first road sign one
sees entering Nebraska via Highway 2. The sign reads "Nebr.
City 2 miles" but Christy pronounces it "Neebur Dot
City Two Miles."