Event: Synergy II


variable duration


Edition Peters

Instrumentation Notes


Program Notes

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

EVENT SYNERGY II is “…an “open-form” work in proportional and graphic notations. The control of the form, the materials and the conducting techniques are basically the same as in (my) Available Forms I and II, From Here, Modules I and II.” Instrumentation: 19 instruments max.

For ensemble and two conductors
2Fl., 2Ob., Ca., 3Cl., B-cl., 2 Bsn. – 4Vln.,2Va.,2Vc. / variable duration

Alternative performing formats:
Fl., Ob., Ca., Cl., B-cl., Bsn. – string quartet
or: Fl., Ob., 2Cl., Bsn – string quartet
or: 2Fl.,2Ob., Ca., 3Cl., B-cl., 2Bsn.
or: 4Vln., 2Va., 2Vc.

(See also: “Event Synergy II instrumentation”.)

More Information

Commissioned by the Festival de Royan (French Radio) 1967

Selected Performances

November 22, 2013 • Seattle

Seattle Modern Orchestra, two performances.
Conductors: Julia Tai and Jérémy Jolley.

May 22, 2005 • Konzerthaus, Dortmund, Germany

Ensemble: Bochumer SymphonikerConductor: Steven Sloane

May 19, 2005 • Ruhr-Universitaet. Bochum, Germany

Ensemble: Bochumer SymphonikerConductor: Steven Sloane

September 2, 2004 • Jordan Hall, Boston, USA

Ensemble: New England Conservatory OrchestraConductor: Stephen Drury

May 22, 2000 • Alice Tully Hall, New York City, USA

Ensemble: The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble
Conductor: Petr Kotik

January 12, 1995 • Leipzig

Conductor: Earle Brown, Steffen Schleiermacher

September 28, 1989 • Tucson, Arizona

March 1, 1988 • New York

Musical elements

August 4, 1981 • Aspen Music Festival

Conductor: Richard Dufallo, Earle Brown

February 6, 1972 • Peabody Conservatory of Music

January 21, 1972 • New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater; New York, NY

Ensemble: New York PhilharmonicConductor: Bruno Maderna and Earle Brown

August 13, 1970 • Aspen Music Festival

Conductor: Earle BrownU.S. Premiere

November 30, 1966 • Festival de Royan, France

World premiere

Sample Page

Event: Synergy II sample page


General instructions for conducting “open form”


Centering: The Music of Earle Brown (released 1998)

Newport Classic

Performed by San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

Buy from
New Port Classic

Synergy (released 1995)

Hat Hut Records

Performed by Ensemble Avantgarde Leipzig

Buy from

Earle Brown Music Foundation