“Clock Talk” is short but sweet. A constant “tick-tock” pattern propels the piece all the way to the end. Staccato quarter notes play a large role in this piece and are used to keep the pulse as well as to create the sound of a clock. The staccatos need to be extremely short and light. Sections with slurs create a pleasant contrast and the differences should be made obvious. The given dynamics add excitement and direction to this work. Students need to be comfortable with moving around the keyboard.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow