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The Three

Kinds of Music


 for Violin, Violoncello,
and Piano
February 21--June 5, 2010
Duration: about 20  minutes

Full Score, legal-size (PDF)         Cover           
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 (PDF)

Parts are in two versions, both letter-size. The first is for either paper or electronic music readers.
Conventional Parts
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     2nd recording
    Allegro pidooma   [6:41]

II. Angel Music     1rst recording    2nd recording
    Namaha Shivaya   [7:03]

III. Devil Music    1rst recording      2nd recording
    Allegro boogerini: Piu boogerini: Meno boogerini:
    Allegro boogerini: Adagio: Piu boogerini    [6:12]

          2nd performance at Duke, 8-3-2022I 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.
          This work is dedicated to my close friends and superb musicians, violinist Eric Pritchard and cellist Bonnie Thron, along with cellist Stephanie Vial and pianist Vincent van Gelder, who with Eric 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 violin part.

Musician Biographies

Bill Robinson movie theater, LA 1940
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.

Eric Pritchard, 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.

Brandt Fredriksen, 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.