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Around the Cauldron

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By Gilad Cohen

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Piano Trio - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Gilad Cohen. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical. Score, Set of Parts. 107 pages. Published by Gilad Cohen Music (S0.541344).

Item Number: S0.541344

Around the Cauldron was inspired by thethree witches from Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. With a nod to multi-movement pieces such as Schumann's Scenes FromChildhood and Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition, Aroundthe Cauldron is comprised of seven short scenes, each of which evokes amood that resonates with an image of three witches gathered around a cauldronin a dark forest, muttering spells, and adding selected creatures to a bubblingstew.  The movements carry individualtitles: "In Dusk," "Pounce," “Transmutation,” “Boiling,”"Witches Waltz," “Newts’ Lament,” and “Sacrificial.”  Most of the melodies in the piece weretailored to fit lines from the original Shakespearean text and were also arrangedas songs for a production of Macbeth at Ramapo College of New Jersey.  Thus, the main theme sets the play’s immortalopening words: “Fair is foul and foul is fair / Hover through the fog andfilthy air.”  Honoring the three witches,the piece reflects the number three in its rhythms, which highlight groups ofthree beats; in its themes, which are constructed of three phrases; and in its instrumentation,which suggests that each instrument represents a different witch.

Around the Cauldron was commissioned by ConcertArtists Guild with support from the Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund for Lysander Piano Trio, which is fittingly named after anotherShakespearean character.

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