Georges Aperghis
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Triathlon A3 z 3 1 289
Triathlon A3 z 3 7 295
Triathlon A3 z 3 8 296

Triathlon

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Specifications
Region
Europe
Estimated Duration
31 - 40min
Date
2004

ISMN : 979-0-2325-1818-3

Notes on this piece
When I was asked to write a piece for ensemble Klang, I was told: “You can make the piece as long as you wish”. There are two ways to respond to being told that: Either to make a very short piece or a very long one. I chose the latter option. 
A triathlon is an athletic contest comprising three consecutive events. My piece, likewise, is divided into three parts. Each of these parts is divided into three smaller parts, each of which is, in turn, divided into three even smaller parts – and so on, down to the level of individual eighth notes. The music is thus progressing in several (nine, in fact) different speeds, and could be said to be in the form of a Russian doll. The three cymbals play a special role in the piece: Initially, they articulate the slowest speed, but as the piece continues, they successively move on to the faster ones. Thus a directional process is created in an otherwise non-developmental music.
A triathlon is of course above all an endurance test, and endurance is indeed put to test here. Bass player Pete Harden described the piece as “someone running too fast for too long”. I find this a rather accurate description.
Instrumentation
Trombone
Percussions
Piano
Alto saxophone
Baritone saxophone
Bass guitar
Recording
Ensemble Klang
Score Details
Format - A3 / Tabloid
Pages - 100


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