scoring: oboe, viola and cello
dedication: to the Vesuvius Ensemble
status: available for performance
First performed 8 December 1967 in the Wigmore Hall, London by members of the Vesuvius Ensemble
recorded by the Vesuvius Ensemble (Janet Craxton, oboe Brian Hawkins, viola Charles Tunnell, cello) on CD Lyrita LY0305 (2008); originally release on LP Argo ZRG 747 (1973)
Triad III is one of a number of pieces which are musically distinct from one another, yet share certain formal characteristics. Each is in three main sections, and each uses combinations of three instruments not normally found in the classic trio repertoire, hence the title 'Triad'.
In the present work the dominance of the oboe is counteracted by the strings, who extend and comment upon the oboe line in such a way as sometimes to suggest an exchange of roles; only rarely is the music in the form of an accompanied solo.
The form of musical discourse, with its constant changes of focus in the outer movements, suggests a multi-dimensional kind of experience, as where one looks at a sculpture from different and complementary angles; the material remains similar but is seen in a new light, subject to a 'modelling' process whereby shapes are perceived as having a greater or lesser sharpness of profile.
The Musical Times, Apr., 1974, Vol. 115, No. 1574 (Apr., 1974), pp. 308
Tempo, No. 109 (Jun., 1974), pp. 48
Programme note: Novello files.
Date: Programme note says 1967, other sources 1966