Triad IIa, Op. 6a

double bass, percussion and piano

duration 9-12'

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

February 1 1976, Collage New Music, Jordan Hall, Boston, MA, U.S.A.


According to the concert programme in the BSO archives, the concert containing the premiere of Triad IIa was broadcast. However, no tape has survived.

programme note:

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.

Justin Connolly


other comments:

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.