Centering

Year 1973
Publisher Edition Peters
Program Notes [The revised Peters Edition score of 2007 replaces all previous editions.]

The title of the work is also that of a book by Mary Caroline Richards, an old friend whose poetry and philosophy and example have been of great value to myself and many other artists and friends.

The book concerns itself with mental and physical "centering" in the sense of balancing and the gathering and focusing of one's resources as necessary to "perform well" in any life situation.

In the music I have used the center frequencies of the violin and piano and of the total ensemble as structural points of balance and imbalance around which the form moves in and out of centers of repose. Within the composed continuity there are three "open-form" areas; two are cadenzas for the solo violin and one is a kind of cadenza for the conductor, working with the three instrumental trios (woodwinds, brass, strings).

The work is dedicated to Mary Caroline Richards and to the memory of Bruno Maderna who was a very close friend of mine and whose death I heard of as I was in the process of completing the work. The very last five notes (for solo violin) are quotes from Bruno's first oboe concerto.
—Earle Brown
More Information Commissioned by the London Sinfonietta for Paul Zukofsky.
Solo Vln. - 1.0.1.1 - 1.1.1.0. - Pn .- Vln. ,Va.,Vc.

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Selected Performances 1973-12-04 Manchester, England UK
World Premiere
Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
Conductor: Hans Zender
Soloist: Paul Zukofsky

1973-12-07 London, England UK
Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
Conductor: Hans Zender
Soloist: Paul Zukofsky

1974-08-22 Stuttgart, Germany
Ensemble: Saarlaendischer Rundfunk

1974-11-26
Ensemble: Suedwestfunk

1974-12-02 Paris, France
Ensemble: Musique Plus

1974-12-03 Paris, France
Ensemble: Musique Plus

1975-01-17 Koln, Germany
Ensemble: WDR Koln

1975-02-13 Germany
Ensemble: Saarlaendischer Rundfunk

1975-02-26
Ensemble: Deutschlandfunk

1975-03-09 Germany
Ensemble: Saarlaendischer Rundfunk

1975-03-25 Germany
Ensemble: HR Frankfurt

1975-03-27 Saarbrucken, Germany
Ensemble: Saarlaendischer Rundfunk

1975-10-31 Germany
Ensemble: Saarlaendischer Rundfunk

1975-11-06 Germany
Ensemble: Saarlaendischer Rundfunk

1977-03-18 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Ensemble: Radio Amsterdam

1979-03-26 Paris, France
Ensemble: Ensemble Intercontemporain

1980-07-15 Radio France, Paris, France
Ensemble: Radio France Orchestra

1981-01-28
Ensemble: Saarlaendischer Rundfunk

1984-04-18

1985-10-31 West Hartford


1987-05-11 Hartford, Connecticut USA
Ensemble: University of Hartford Orchestra

1987-05-11 Auditorium RAI, Rome
Ensemble: Ensemble Gruppo Musica d'Oggi
Conductor: Earle Brown

1987-06-14 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ensemble: Radio Hilversum Chamber Orchestra (Holland Festival)

1988-06-11 Buffalo, State University


1988-08-07 Aspen, Colorado


1988-11-04 La Jolla, University


1989-10-17 Boston


1989-12-01 Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
Ensemble: Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble
Conductor: Earle Brown
Soloist: Matthew Loden

1990-05-19 Lexington, Virginia, USA
Eliot Chapo, vn solo
Margaret Brouwer, vn
Ellen Rose, va
Eugenia Rust, vc
Sue West, fl
Doug Kehlenbrink, bn
Chris Magee, tp
Robert Williams, hn
Don Dresser, tb
Barry Kohlman, cl
Kathy Supove, pn
Earle Brown, conductor 


1990-06-11 Vienna, Austria
Ensemble: Klangforum Wien

1990-10-28 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ensemble: Aquarius Ensemble

1990-11-02 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ensemble: Aquarius Ensemble

1994-10-30 Vienna, Austria
Conductor: Friedrich Cerha

1995-04-22 Rock Hall, Temple University
Ensemble: Network for New Music and the City Circus
Conductor: Jan Krzywicki

1995-05-25
Conductor: Peter Kotik
Soloist: Jaqueline Carrasco

1996-03-31 Frankfurt
Ensemble: Ensemble Modern
Conductor: Hans Zender
Soloist: Jagdish Mistry

1996-03-31 Frankfurt
 Ensemble Modern, conducted by Hans Zender

2000-01-12 Berlin
Ensemble: Ensemble Resonanz
Conductor: Petr Kotik
Soloist: Steffen Tast

2002-11-20 MoMaQNS -Long Island City, New York
Ensemble: S.E.M Ensemble
Conductor: Petr Kotik

2004-01-18 Barbican, London, Great Britain
Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
Conductor: David Porcelijn

2004-05-11 Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France
Ensemble: Ensemble Intercontemporain
Conductor: Francois Xavier Roth
Soloist: Jeanne-Marie Conquer

2007-10-12 Goch
Ensemble: LandesJugendEnsemble für Neue Musik NRW
Conductor: David Smeyers
Soloist: HannaH Walter, Violin

2007-10-13 Koeln
Ensemble: LandesJugendEnsemble für Neue Musik NRW
Conductor: David Smeyers
Soloist: HannaH Walter, Violin

2007-10-14 Bonn
Ensemble: LandesJugendEnsemble für Neue Musik NRW
Conductor: David Smeyers
Soloist: HannaH Walter, Violin

2008-10-24 Sydney
Ensemble: Modern Music Ensemble
Conductor: Daryl Pratt

2010-01-29 Frankfurt, Alte Oper
Ensemble: Ensemble Modern
Conductor: Hans Zender
Soloist: Jagdish Mistry

2010-01-29 Frankfurt
Ensemble Modern 

2013-01-19 Boston
Callithumpian Consort
Steve Drury, conductor
Ethan Wood, solo violin

2016-01-19 Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, WA
Inverted Space Ensemble
 
Recordings:
Centering: The Music of Earle Brown (released 1997)
Performed by: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
Produced by: Newport Classic

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