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Doubt and Uncertainty

for Solo Clarinet

Inspired by a reading of the book, "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out" by physicist Richard Feynman, Edward Manukyan wrote this solo piece in the summer of 2008, in Los Angeles, honoring the great scientist on the 20th anniversary of his death. The title comes from Feynman's book, in which he writes:

"I can live with doubt and uncertainty, and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong..."

The first performance was given by Doug Storey, the principal clarinetist of the Amarillo Symphony, at Mary Moody Northen Hall, in Canyon, Texas, on May 27, 2009. It was part of Manukyan's Musical Tribute To Scientists.

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