Corroboree by Earle Brown (1926-). For 3 Pianos (or 2 Pianos). Modern. 3 performing scores. Composed 1964; First Performance: May 1964 by Aloys, Alfons and Bernhard Kontarsky. Published by Edition Peters (PE.P11129).
Commissioned by Radio Bremen, Germany, for the Bremen Festival, May 1964. This is a set of 3 performance scores; the score includes detailed directions for performance.The title is an Australian native word defined by Webster as a nocturnal festivity with songs and symbolic dances by which the Australian aborigines celebrate events of importance. . . . I have used five kinds of piano sounds as the basic structural material: single notes, chords, clusters, and pizzicato and muted sounds on the strings. The macro-form is fixed but there are degrees of flexibility and spontaneous exchange in most of the interior sections of the form. . . . the possibility of intimate, immediate, and spontaneous exchanges and shifts of action and 'poetry' throughout the performance is extremely important. -- Earle Brown (from the performance notes).