Kinds of Music
for Violin, Violoncello,
February 21--June 5, 2010
Duration: about 20 minutes
Full Score, legal-size
is best for pianists reading from printed scores on paper. For
electronic music readers, letter-size is more suitable.
Full Score, letter-size
Parts are in two versions, both letter-size. The first is for either paper or electronic music readers.
The second is only for electronic music readers, and has each part enlarged with the other staves reduced.
EMR Violin Part EMR Cello Part
TKM was premiered on my
Feb. 22, 2011 concert at Duke University. Eric Pritchard, violin; Stephanie Vial, cello; Vincent van Gelder, piano
video (YouTube) premiere
TKM was performed a second time on a Ciompi Summer Chamber Music Series
concert at Sarah Duke Gardens, Duke University, on August 3, 2022. Eric
Pritchard, violin; Elizabeth Anderson, cello; Brandt Fredriksen, piano. Recording and video by Mark Manring.
video (YouTube) Second performance
Entire piece, audio recording (2nd performance)
(all audio recordings are MP3)
I. Human Music 1rst recording
II. Angel Music 1rst recording
Namaha Shivaya [7:03]
III. Devil Music 1rst recording 2nd recording
Allegro boogerini: Piu boogerini: Meno
Allegro boogerini: Adagio: Piu boogerini
I wrote The Great American Piano
Trio in 1983 that was premiered at my senior recital at UNT (then NTSU) in
Denton, Texas in 1984. I had hoped that my uncle, a cellist teaching at
Vanderbilt, would take it up, but this did not happen, and as there was no
further interest in this piece I scrapped it. However there was some very good
material in the work, especially in the last movement, and I further developed
this for jazz band in 1990 as the “Allegro boogerini” movement of the Popular
Music of Planet X. (This piece has since been entirely re-written for
concert band, without the boogerini.)
In the last few years I have started
associations with local musicians and performances are now possible for chamber
works. I returned to writing a piano trio in February 2010, with a new first
movement. Then I took the Allegro boogerini and recast it, condensed from the
jazz band version, back into piano trio format, amended and improved, as the
final movement, “Devil Music”. Given this evocative title, the first movement
turned into “Human Music”, which gave me the great challenge of the middle
movement, which had then to be “Angel Music”. (You may notice that my angels
tend to be despondent, while the demons have a good time.) This parallels Boethius with his musica mundana, musica humana, and musica instrumentalis.
"Pidooma", from the tempo
marking of the first movement, is an engineering term denoting the origin of
many useful concepts.
work is dedicated to my close
friends and superb musicians, violinist Eric Pritchard and cellist
along with cellist Stephanie Vial and pianist Vincent van Gelder, who
performed the premiere on February 22, 2011 at Duke University. The
photograph is from the second performance with Eric, cellist Elizabeth
Anderson, and pianist Brandt Fredriksen at Sarah Duke Gardens, August
3, 2022. Eric edited the
Vincent van Gelder, pianist, was born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Mr. van Gelder holds BM and MM degrees from
the Conservatory of Hogeschool Enschede and MM in performance from the Southern
Illinois University at Carbondale where his teacher was Wilfred Delphin. In
2003, he graduated with a DMA in piano performance from the University of
Missouri at Kansas City where he studied with Richard Cass.
Vincent currently lives in Greensboro,
North Carolina. He appears regularly as a soloist. Recently he performed at the
Focus on Piano Literature conference
in Greensboro, and also was the soloist for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Greensboro Concert Band.
Stephanie Vial, cellist, is a sought after lecturer,
soloist, and continuo player. She is the co-director and principal cellist of
the Vivaldi Project, and has also performed with such groups as the Atlanta
Baroque Orchestra, Apollo Ensemble, Les Violons du Roy, and the modern/ period
chamber ensemble, Arcovoce. As a baroque cellist, she has recorded for Dorian,
Naxos, Centaur Records, and Hungaroton. Fanfare Magazine, in a review of the
Naxos recording of Quantz flute sonatas, gives “a particular bow to Stephanie
Vial, who manages to make each cello intervention a delight to the ear.” Ms.
Vial received her training on the modern cello at Northwestern University,
followed by a Master’s Degree at Indiana University and a DMA from Cornell University.
She is an adjunct faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill.
violinist, has been a
member of Ciompi Quartet since 1995 and was formerly the first violinist of the
Alexander and Oxford Quartets. Mr. Pritchard has taught at Miami University,
San Francisco State University, City University of New York and the North
Carolina School of the Arts. He was winner of the National Federation of Music
Clubs Award in Violin as well as the first-prize winner at the Portsmouth
(England) International String Quartet Competition and the Coleman and Fischoff
national chamber music competitions. He has performed widely as a recitalist
and as soloist with the Boston Pops and orchestras in Europe and South America.
His major teachers were Eric Rosenblith, Josef Gingold, Ivan Galamian and
Isadore Tinkleman and he holds degrees from Indiana University and the
Juilliard School. He has performed many works by Bill Robinson since 2006.
Elizabeth Anderson, cellist,
has performed in major concert venues in many countries. She was a
founding member of the Meloia Quartet, and has performed and recorded
with the Cassatt String Quartet, VC3 Cello Trio, and as cellist in the
NY City Opera Orchestra. She is very involved with Hindustani Raga on
cello and voice. She has served on the faculties of the Eastman School
of Music, Florida State University, Middlebury College, the Longy
School of Music, and UNC-Greensboro.
pianist, is, in the humble opinion of the composer, a highly capable
musician with a great feel for this piece. He has an impressive concert
career internationally, and serves on the artist faculty of the UN
International School and the pre-college piano faculy of Manhatten
School of Music.