PEROKET  7'00''
unaccompanied solo bass clarinet
Commissioned by Kulturfonds Foundation, Berlin
Premiere: 18 February 1999, Mozart e il 2000 festival, Assisi, Italy
Guido Arbonelli, bass clarinet
Hard copy of this work is available from ALEA PUBLISHING for the world.
"Machajdík's meditative works in the style of the 'New Simplicity' are becoming increasingly well-known throughout Europe. Peroket (Parrot) was composed for Guido Arbonelli's 1999 performance in Assisi, Italy and is a work of medium difficulty that takes on alternately somber and ecstatic characteristics. Strangely, the extended range of the clarinet is not used - low A is the limit. Likewise the top range stops at the C two ledger lines above the treble clef, except for one E, a third higher. In a few short sections Machajdík directs: 'The performer slowly rotates around his/her own axis.' This theatricality, in addition to the use of one's imagination to be a bit of a parrot within the imitative sections, will connect with many performers and audiences.
Alea Publishing has grown a large catalog of bass clarinet transcriptions - including many chamber works, as well as several original works such as Peroket. With useful links, their website is an excellent resource for clarinet teachers."
-- Gregory Barrett, September 2013 issue of The Clarinet