Adagio for a simple clarinet
by Stephen Downes
While rummaging in a cupboard one day, the narrator of 'Adagio for a simple clarinet' rediscovers his father's clarinet, forgotten for years on a high shelf. Finding the instrument arouses in him long-buried memories and the childhood passion for music that his father had thwarted. Can the haunting notes of a long-dead composer somehow provide the key to atonement? 'Adagio' swells the heart.