Times Five




Edition Peters

Instrumentation Notes

Fl., Trbn., Hrp, Vln, Vc, and tape

Program Notes

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

“I first composed material for an 11 piece orchestra, recorded it and used it as a “reservoir’ from which to combine, transform and form the sound material, manipulating it in the studio as a sculptor molds and forms clay. Much of the material in the first and third sections I improvised myself, on piano, celeste, harp, C.bass, vibraphone, marimba, etc. (One of the virtues of “tape pieces” is that the composer himself can be in direct and personal contact with the sounds he wants, rather than having to send obscure graphic messages to instrumentalists.) I have used many of the small, “noisy” sounds that are nearly impossible to get by “scoring” them but have also drawn them graphically in the “live” score in order to try to provoke a delicate and spontaneous “cross talk” between “live” and taped elements.

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Fl., Trbn., Hrp, Vln, Vc, and 4 channels of prerecorded tape
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Times Five

Selected Performances

June 22, 2016 • Paris, France

performed by Ensemble Infuse

December 9, 2015 • The Cell, New York City

Ensemble Mise-en

January 18, 2013 • Boston

Callithumpian Consort

June 28, 2008 • Berlin, Akademie der Kuenste

October 5, 2004 • Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Ensemble: New England Conservatory Orchestra

December 12, 2003 • Akademie der Kunst, Berlin, Germany

Ensemble: Kammerensemble Neue Musik BerlinConductor: Jonathan Stockhammer

May 18, 1986 • Saarbruecken, Saarlaendischer Rundfunk

February 8, 1985 • Berlin

May 13, 1984 • Koeln, Germany

Ensemble: Ensemble Koeln

May 29, 1981 • Saarbruecken, Saarlaendischer Rundfunk

August 30, 1976 • Venice, Italy

March 20, 1975 • Basel

May 31, 1974 • Basel

March 8, 1974 • Rotterdam

Ensemble: Rotterdam Philharmonic

February 27, 1973 • The Baltimore Museum of Art

Ensemble: Peabody Conservatory Faculty and StudentsConductor: Earle Brown

February 6, 1972 • Peabody Conservatory of Music

January 31, 1963 • Paris, France

 conducted by Earle Brown

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Selected works 1952-1965 (released 2006-08-01)

New World Records

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American Masters Series: Earle Brown (released 2000)

CRI (note: this has been reissued as "Selected Works 1952-1965" by New World Records)

Performed by Various

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Musique Expérimentale II (released 1964)

disques BAM

Performed by Group de Recherches Musicales de L'O.R.T.F.

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Earle Brown Music Foundation