Music for Violin, Cello & Piano

Year 1952
Publisher Edition Peters
Program Notes "THREE PIECES" for Piano (1951); "PERSPECTIVES" for Piano (1952) and "MUSIC FOR VIOLIN, CELLO AND PIANO" (1952)…all composed in Denver, Colo., are works which use 12 tone pitch rows and "serially" composed rhythmic groups. This juxtaposing of tone rows and rhythmic figurations and their virtually infinite possibilities of integral extension and variation was first suggested to me in my studies of Schillinger techniques but is also similar in concept to old techniques of "iso-rhythm(mic)" composition. I later discovered that Schillinger’s "rhythmic groups" are what Olivier Messiaen called "cellules"…as the word suggests, cells, subject to subdivision, multiplication, expansion, permutation, etc. Apart from these rather technical procedures I composed form, dynamics, melodic trajectories and densities very subjectively and spontaneously. My subjective personality tends to avoid the rather "dark" qualities of much 12 tone music of the time.

"MUSIC FOR VIOLIN, CELLO AND PIANO" is a kind of study in color and wide vertical extensions of instrumental registers. Having been a trumpet player I was fascinated by the possibilities of the wide range of color that stringed instruments are capable of, when I first started to compose, and I still am. I like the quick, highly detailed juxtaposition of instrumental colors and frequencies. I think that my early influences from painting and sculpture; Pollock, early Guston, Calder, and others, are in there somewhere.
More Information Completed in Denver Colorado, Spring 1952.
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Selected Performances 1969-01-14 Peabody Conservatory of Music
Conductor: Earle Brown
Soloist: Hyo Kang, violin; Maria Christina Kyprie, cello; Kimberly Kabala, piano

2002-11-20 MoMaQNS, Long Island City, New York, USA
Ensemble: Cornelius Dufallo (vln), Stephen Gosling (pno), Rubin Kodheli (vlc)

2007-04-17 Chelsea Art Museum, New York City
Ensemble: Nextworks

2007-06-03 Newton Free Library, Newton, MA
Ensemble: Xanthos Ensemble

2007-06-04 David Friend Recital Hall, Berklee College, Boston
Ensemble: Xanthos Ensemble

2016-01-19 Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, WA
Inverted Space Ensemble 


Recordings:
A life in music - CONTEMPORARY SOUND SERIES Box 2 (released 2009)
Performed by: Various
Produced by: Wergo

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American Masters Series: Earle Brown (released 1999)
Performed by: Various
Produced by: CRI (note: this has been reissued as "Selected Works 1952-1965" by New World Records)

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TRACER (CD / DVD) (released 2006)
Performed by: ne(x)tworks
Produced by: MODE records

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