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Duration: 5 minutes

(untitled)  (1968)
for Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Piano, Violin, and Cello

I.  Perro ladrando a la luna (Miró)
II.  Ausgewogen (Kandinsky)
III.  Frühling in Paris (Ernst)

(untitled) was the name of a store in the SoHo section of Manhattan that sold nothing but art postcards -- thousands of them.  I had three such postcards taped to the music rack of my piano and one day in early 1968 I decided to write a set of musical miniatures somehow depicting these paintings.  The first, "Perro ladrando a la luna" by Miró, is the most literal.  The opening sustained chord represents the horizon line, the rising clarinet duo is a ladder with five rungs (the piano chords).  The piano tremolo at the end is the moon shining, and the violin, as the dog, barks at it.  I consider this piece to be my Opus Zero, the first piece where I managed to achieve my musical goals.


 

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