Syntagm III

Year 1970
Publisher Edition Peters
Program Notes

[The revised Peters Edition score of 2007 replaces all previous editions.]


Commissioned by Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.

SYNTAGM III is an extension of my early graphic, improvisational scores such as SYNERGY I and DECEMBER 1952 [from FOLIO] in combination with aspects of open-form (TWENTY-FIVE PAGES, 1953), and more recent scores such as SYNERGY II in which I have combined all of these "experimental" scoring and performance techniques. SYNTAGM III is a further attempt to create relevant and responsible aspects of my function as composer, and optimistic attitude toward performance spontaneity...a kind of "programmed environment" of composer-performance collaboration. This is very close to the definition of "synergy" as I worked with the concept in 1952. Recent developments are encouraging, finally.


SYNTAGM III is a closed-form work but with some graphically notated and flexible inner structures. Much of it is strictly notated and even the "graphic" areas are very closely controlled. Some materials from EVENT: SYNERGY II have been collaged into this work. I am interested in a kind of "echo" relationship within and between works.


More Information Percussion: Vibraphone and Marimba.
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Selected Performances 0000-00-00 1990-07-29


1970-07-20 Fondation Maeght, St.Paul-de-Vence, France
World Premiere
Ensemble: Ensemble Ars Nova de L'O.R.T.F.
Conductor: Lukas Foss


1972-02-06 Peabody Conservatory of Music

1980-08-19 Radio France

1985-11-26 Freiburg, Germany, Institut fuer Neue Musik

1986-02-06 Cincinatti University


1988-09-06 Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
Ensemble: Boston Musica Viva
Conductor: Richard Pittman

1988-11-06 Boston
Musica Viva

1990-10-14 California
California Ear Unit