- Performer(s) Robert Spring, Jana Starling, clarinets
Composed during the year between Lance Armstrong's fifth and sixth victories in the Tour de France, Yellow Jersey is a short wind sprint for two clarinets. I invented the form of the piece by imagining how the sprint might go:
Cadence to coast
Bonk: To exercise to the point of depletion of the body's energy stores, leaving one extremely weak and giddy.
Breakaway: Suddenly riding away from a pack of racers, quickly enough that opponents cannot keep close enough to draft (i.e. riding close to another rider in order to avoid wind resistance).
Cadence: A pedaling rate, measured in revolutions per minute.
Coast: To ride without pedaling.
Massed-Start: A race in which competitors start at the time (as opposed to a time trial).
Yellow Jersey: The jersey worn by the current overall leader during the Tour de France.