In the Beginning: Etude II (Keyboards-Plucked Strings)

1980

[SCORE & PARTS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD] The fifth in the In the Beginning series of eight major works for various instrumental ensembles, soloists and electronic media.

In the Beginning: Etude II (Keyboards-Plucked Strings) (1980) is two, four, six, or eight players. Though keyboards and plucked strings are indicated in the title, other instruments capable of very distinct attacks may be used. In this piece, gradual processes with repetitive, cellular structures are used to explore the melodic contour language that emerged in the In the Beginning series, this time in multiple tonalities. The original, hand copied score was first published in Perspectives of New Music, Vol. 25, Nos. 1 & 2, 1987, pp. 564–566. A new recording with pianos, harps and Mexican plucked instrument sounds is due to be released by New World Records in 2012.