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Trio in 5-Movements (Visions of Space) No.3 �The Dancing Asteroids� for Flute, Bassoon & Pianoforte

The Five-movement Piano Trio was partly written in 1983 as part of my DMA docket of compositions. It was premiered at College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati that same year. It is dedicated to my illustrious composition professor, Jonathan D. Krammer. The original 4 movements were revised in the year 2000. The 5th movement was appended in February 2002. Combining the forces of chance and unpredictability with moments of predictable structures, the 5-movement "Visions of Space" has manifested. The unpredictable elements concern quasi-random pitch selections, duration, degrees of intensity and distribution in time. One result of this compositional approach is that tonality gets sidelined in preference for atonality. Essentially, tonality is a particular expression of the general principle of relaxation of tension, which is a particular state that implies or demands resolution. Harmonically, the fundamental expression of tonality is the tonic/dominant relationship. When the harmonic underpinnings of a composition can be considered a derivative of this relationship or principle, in whole or part, for a long or short time, the music is considered tonal. Atonality then refers to compositions in which the composer deliberately banishes tonality. The work as a whole shows economy and extreme concentration that reflects the minimalistic approach to composition. Expressions that could be dramatized over 30 minutes may also be summed up in a minute or so, with all units of syntactic structure appropriately and proportionally represented.

The duration of the movements are as follows:

Vision-1 The Acidic rains of Venus - 1.00 Vision-2 The Frozen Lands of Andromeda - 1.30 Vision-3 The Dancing Asteroids - 1.30 Vision-4 Pleasures in Space Travel - 1.30 Vision-5 The Rivers of Earth - 2.30

The title "Visions of Space" suggests a programmatic dimension. The sub-titles of the movements were appended after the fact, however.

Dr. E. Gyimah Labi Seattle, WA USA October. 2009

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