Composed by Libby Larsen
for Flute, Bb Clarinet, and Bassoon
Published by ECS Publishing
Includes score and parts
Impromptu is a short, bright, up tempo piece commissioned in 1975 by KTCA Public Television, to be used as introduction music for a community news and information show. In conversations about what kind of music should reflect the personality of the television half-hour show, “optimism,” “serious lightness”, and “sense of positive outcome” were all given to me as goals for the sound of the music – at the time a strange request for a serious, post-modern, 24-year-old newly minted composer! I composed Impromptu for flute, oboe (or clarinet) and bassoon. It's approximately one and a half minutes long, in ABA form, with mildly mixed meters (5/8, 3/8, and 6/8) set on a lively constant eighth note pulse.
– Libby Larsen, 2018