Three for Six

Ralph Shapey

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"Three for Six" was commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Baltimore. It was composed during my stay at Tanglewood (7/8/79-8/14/79) and with the permission of the Society, dedicated to Robert Black and the New York New Music Ensemble. The Ensemble is the same as Schoenberg?s "Pierrot Lunaire", with the added percussion (flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet/ violin/viola, violoncello, piano, percussion).

As in all of my music, it?s a one-fabric work. There are three movements. The second movements derive from the materials of the first. Movement I is the basic exposition of the materials in a series of tuttis and solos. Movement II uses the basic materials in a song-like manner while Movement III functions as a coda.

Since music is an aural art, I have no further intellectual description. I hope and believe the music will speak for itself. That is the ultimate criterion.
My credo: ?Great Art is a Miracle!?

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Baltimore
Composition Date 1979
Duration 00:14:00
Orchestration Fl. Cl. Vln./Vla. Vcl. Pno. Perc.
Premiere January 25, 1981, New York New Music Ensemble, Robert Black, conductor, Harvey M. Meyerhoff Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklandville, MD