double bass, percussion and piano
composed in 1965
dedication: for Jeffrey Levine
published by Novello and Co
status: available for performance
see also Triad IIb
first performance: Jeffrey Levine, Richard Fitz, Justin Connolly; Tanglewood, 2 August 1967
According to the concert programme in the BSO archives, the concert containing the premiere of Triad IIa was broadcast. However, no tape has survived.
Triad II is one of a group of pieces related not so much by musical gestures as by similarities of formal articulation. In the present work the emphasis is upon the constant re-ordering of a number of simple elements heard at the opening; in the course of the three sections they undergo variation and expansion as well as reorientation relative to one another.
Percussion: vibraphone, 5 chinese blocks, 3 chinese tam tams, 2 timpani, side drum, 3 suspended cymbals, bass drum, small gong.
Pianist plays also: tam-tam, bass drum, small brass bell. The piano's lid should be removed.
Duration 9 minutes from Novello score, 12 minutes from Novello printed catalogue.
Instrumentation details, programme note: from score.