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violin, cello, piano, electric keyboard, drums, bass


application/pdf,109k Score (109k) pages 1 - 4© Mike Nock

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Programme Note

Vicissitudes is a set of variations, exploring some of the differences and similarities of approach possible between a classical piano trio and a jazz piano trio. Based on a descending and ascending minor scale, the theme lends itself to endless variation. The opening piano statement is followed by variations from NZTrio, before my trio enters with our commentary. A free improvisation follows with all six musicians included, then a two piano interlude is heard, leading to more NZTrio perspectives and transmuting into a 5/4 jazz excursion. After several short interludes from NZTrio, there is an earthly jazz variation, preceding NZTrio’s return to the original theme. This leads to the energetic, baroque influenced finale, with both ensembles interacting and contributing to the exuberant ending.

Performance History

World Premiere for P: Vicissitudes; Mike Nock Trio, NZTrio 200913 20 Sep 2013 Performed by the Mike Nock Trio and NZTrio
23 Oct 2014 Performed by the Mike Nock Trio and NZTrio at the Founders Heritage Park, in Nelson.
22 Apr 2015 Performed by NZTrio and the Mike Nock Trio, at Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, New Zealand.


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