Three Enigmas

(1985)

by Colin Matthews

Description
Cello and piano
Duration
10
Genres
Cello
Commission

Commissioned by Alexander Baillie with funds made available from theArts Council of Great Britain

First Performance
10.12.85, Stamford Arts Center, Connecticut, USA:Alexander Baillie/Piers Lane
Availability

Score and part 0-571-51297-6 on sale

Programme Notes

Colin Matthews Three Enigmas (1985) To explain the title would, obviously, take away the enigma: but there is nothing particularly mysterious intended, only an indication of the rather introverted, hermetic nature of the music (and the musical processes employed). The work is, however, simple to describe – the outer movements are both basically fast and hectic, though with moments of repose, and a feature of both is that cello and piano have extended passages in unison. The central piece is perhaps the most clearly ‘enigmatic’: a virtually solo mediation for the cello with only the most simple of piano accompaniments. The Three Enigmas were commissioned by Alexander Baillie with funds made available by the Arts Council of Great Britain, and first performed by him, with Piers Lane, at the Stamford Center for the Arts, New York, in December 1985. Colin Matthews

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