FOLKSODY

Composer: 

Year Authored (or revised): 

1990

Instrumentation : 

pf, vln, vcl

Duration (min): 

22:

Movements-Titles: 

3

First Performance: 

February.1991 - Members of the Fontana Ensemble with pianist Ralph Votapek, Kalamazoo, MI.

A piano trio which is based entirely on selected traditional American ballads, folk songs, and fiddle tunes. The intent here was not merely simple quotation, but rather an expansion, development, transformation, and fusion of their melodic and rhythmic elements, supported by a harmonic language based on their respective modes. A "paean" to traditional American music. Very difficult -advanced performers only.

Written with support of a Creative Activities Fellowship, Western Michigan University.

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