Perspectives

Year 1952
Publisher B. Schott
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.
—Earle Brown
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Selected Performances 1953-03-22 University of Illinois Arts Festival, Urbana Illinois
Soloist: David Tudor
World Premiere

1953-06-27 Black Mountain College, North Carolina
Soloist: David Tudor

1953-06-27 Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
Soloist: David Tudor

1954-04-28 Carl Fischer Concert Hall, New York, NY
Soloist: David Tudor
New York Premiere

Recordings:
Music for Piano(s) 1951 - 1995 (released 1995)
Performed by: David Arden
Produced by: New Albion

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