The emotional trajectory of this eight-minute,
contemplative movement is roughly equivalent to one
very long phrase. It is largely unmetered, and its
varying segments call upon high degrees of both
technical and expressive prowess from the performer.
The clarinet's registers are explored slowly one by
one during the phrase's upcurve (ultimately covering a
range of three-and-one-half octaves), but blend
together in the final stages.