Ode to Springtime is Robert Clayson’s expression of a desire for warm weather. Written during a cold snap in southern Alabama, the piece explores contrasting feelings related to the seasons: at first, it’s slow and sorrowful, but eventually, it’s lively and joyful.
The two movements may be played back-to-back, or individually as standalone pieces. Each provides plenty of opportunity for players to develop their chamber music skills, taking the lead where appropriate and balancing with their duet partner otherwise. This work is great contest or lesson material for beginner-to-intermediate percussionists!