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Piano trio

Sheet Music: Score

Piano trio : 'The Village' / Carl Vine.

by Carl Vine (2013)


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Recent studies suggest that we have evolved to function best socially in groups of no more than 150 people. We tend to stay in regular contact with just a few individuals within these 'villages', and cope poorly with much larger crowds. This put me in mind of the limited number of people I stay in touch with regularly, and how my life experience transforms with each contact.

This notion first arose as I considered how to design music without any of the usual landmarks. How could it remain coherent without the recognisable boundaries of 'movements', without a central stockpile of major themes, and without the formative principle of exposition, development and recapitulation?

What emerged is a village of ideas, cast as twelve independent episodes that combine unique combinations of small musical elements that are related but not identical, and which evolve organically within each episode, and across episodes as they bounce off each other. A network of musical interconnections develops, spanning the whole work, that parallels the webs of relationships that make up the 'villages' of our lives. Episodes relax in energy and tempo near the middle of this flexible architecture, and intensify towards the end.

Carl Vine, March 2014

Published by: Australian Music Centre (under licence from Faber Music) — 1 score (29p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 16 mins

Dedicated to Julian Burnside

Commission info: Commissioned in honour of Carl Vine’s sixtieth birthday

First performance by Sitkovetsky Trio at Sitkovetsky Trio (Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music) on 20 Mar 2014

Includes program note.

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