A Bulgar is a type of dance, commonly appearing in some
Eastern European ethnic music styles, such as Klezmer.
Though a Bulgar is typically danced in a circle, the
music is often spiralled in a manner in which musical
recurrences build on each other, instead of merely
Charlie Ireton was a volunteer and staff at my former
place of work (at a rehab). Due to the intersection of
our roles, Charlie and I often found ourselves
intervening together to address crisis that the
residents may have experienced. Charlie’s life
experiences, temperament, and mere presence was a
calming and nourishing asset to so many of the lives
that he touched.
Vivid in my memory is Charlie’s easy and soothing smile
and laugh. Magical was Charlie’s wide life experiences,
deep empathy, and his skills at conveying his
insightful help through his light and balanced
joyfulness. It is particularly his unique joie-de-vivre
which Charlie left in my memory, which I attempted to
convey through the music of “Charlie’s Bulgar”. Like
the Bulgar’s spiralling of music material, Charlie
spent his life growing, not through repetitious or
foreign experiences, but rather through revisiting and
building on his experiences. I can still hear in my
memory Charlie’s soothing laugh.
May Charlie’s legacy continue to be a blessing to those
on earth, as it is in heaven!
This trio is for Bass Clarinet, Bb Clarinet, and Piano