Ra is about a man who is lost and dying in an Egyptian desert. As the arid wind blows around him, he musters the strength to take one last, haggered breath, looks at the blazing sun, and prays to Ra for mercy. An oasis appears in the distance, and the man runs toward the sanctuary. Upon his arrival, he once again prays to Ra, thanking the god for his benevolence. However, when the prayer is done, the man soon realizes the oasis was just a mirage, and cries out to Ra, cursing his name. This story is depicted in the piece using various contemporary techniques, including blowing through the instrument, audible inhales, glissandi, vibrato, timbral trills, singing and playing, and yelling.
Clarinet - Aidan Mulldoon Wong