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The Triumvirate

for violin, cello and piano

Year:  2005

Year:  2005

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Chris Cree Brown: The Trium...

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The Triumvirate was commissioned by the New Zealand Trio in 2005. The commission called for something short, energetic and dynamic. When writing the initial sketches for the work, it occurred to me that the musical phrases seemed to imitate the shape of vocal inflections that might occur when three people were having a heated discussion – the same sort of heated argument that might ensue when three strong personalities were given equal authority over the same area of responsibility. The piece is loosely based on these 'abstract' vocal inflections.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the New Zealand Trio

Performance history

12 Apr 2006: Performed by the NZTrio at the Glenroy Auditorium in Dunedin

07 Jul 2009: NZTrio at Modulations: Christchurch

29 Jul 2009: NZTrio: Taranaki 2009

07 May 2010: Triple Helix: ISCM Festival

15 Nov 2012: NZTrio in Turkey - Asian Composers' Festival

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