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Composer: Carter, Elliott

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

Edition: 378


for oboe and harp
by Elliott Carter (1908-2012)- American composer
I. Bariolage for solo harp
II. Inner Song for solo oboe
III. Immer Neu for oboe and harp

My Trilogy for oboe and harp, composed for those great performers and dear friends, Ursula and Heinz Holliger, has as its motto the last two stanzas of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Sonette an Orpheus, II. 10. 
Each of the three sections of Trilogy was written for a special occasion.  Bariolage  is a harp solo written for a festival of my music given in Geneva in March, 1992, for Ursula Holliger, to whom it is dedicated, to play.  I was interested in writing for the harp as I had been a friend and admirer of Carlos Salzedo who wrote for the harp in such an inventive way.
Inner Song was written for a festival of Stefan Wolpe’s music in Witten, Germany, in April, 1992, for Heinz Holliger to perform, to whom it is dedicated.  The fascinating friendship with Wolpe is a very treasured memory.
Immer Neu  is dedicated to Ursula and Heinz Holliger and provides a duet for them.  Its outlook was suggested by Raffaele Pozzi who asked for the first performance at the Pontino Festival in June, 1992, a festival centered around a vision of the new that led so many beside Columbus to explore the world 500 years ago.  In this piece each instrument in turn leads the other to a new tempo.
-Elliott Carter