Three Funk Studies


by Derek Bermel

First Performance
**/12/91: Ann Arbor, MI, USA: Soo-Ryeon Kim

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Programme Notes
Three Funk Studies (1990) are the oldest pieces in my catalog which I have released for performance. These short movements each examine the 'sharp 9' chord (1, 7, 12), from distinct perspectives. I wrote the first one in Jerusalem and the last two in New York. The first one, Step, constructs a counterpoint from horizontal gestures; the second, Lullaby, explores the vertical chord in various contexts, mirroring and inverting it; the third, Jaunt, combines the horizontal and vertical approaches. DB

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