5*4*3 (except after C) (Score & Parts)-OB/CL/BSN
Composer: Bradbury, William
for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon
by William Bradbury- American composer
dedicated to the PEN Trio
From the composer:
I was lucky enough to study gamelan for several years with Indonesian master Sumarsam wile I was in graduate school. As a composer, I was intrigued with the exciting pentatonic compositions in that tradition. A number of years ago, I wrote a piece for flute, piano, and bass entitled 5*4*3 (five notes for three players) that used only five pitches. I found it to be an interesting compositional challenge. In writing this new piece for the PEN Trio, I revisited the idea and began composing with a different set of five notes. As the composition unfolded, however, I felt somewhat limited by this constraint so I added a new rule, I would compose strictly pentatonic music with the caveat that I could inset the note C (not in the original scale) when it felt right. Many thanks to the wonderful musicians in the PEN Trio for commissioning and premiering this piece.