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Starry Night (Seven Paintings for Piano Trio)

By Matthew Harris

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Piano Trios violin, cello, piano
Composed by Matthew Harris. Modern. Score. Duration circa 21 minutes. Edition Peters #EP67299. Published by Edition Peters (PE.P67299).

Item Number: PE.P67299

ISBN M-3007-3789-8.

I based this work on paintings from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The movements, played without pause, are in about the same order as the paintings in the museum, which is to say they are in chronological order. I also grouped them in pairs, showing opposite views of a subject: I & II: sleepless, versus tranquil nights; III & IV: droll, versus horrid clowns; V & VI: rigid, versus fluid time -- A three-note motive of descending semitones runs through the piece. (Matthew Harris) -- The movements are -- Van Gogh: Starry Night (Canto) - Rousseau: Sleeping Gypsy (Berceuse) - Picasso: Harlequin (Caprice) - Ensor: Masks Confronting Death (Dirge) - Matisse: The Piano Lesson (Etude) - Dali: Persistence of Memory (Fantasy) - Mondrian: Broadway Boogie Woogie (Dance) -- American composer Matthew Harris was born in 1956. He has studied at The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, and Kingsborough College (CUNY). He lives and works in New York City.

Violin, Violoncello, and Piano (Score - for the Parts, see EP67299A).

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