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trio in memoriam

Commission: Mass. Arts Council for the Aequalis Ensemble

Length: 13:00

Date: 1989

Instrumentation: cello, piano, and percussion (marimba and vibraphone)


Program note: Trio In Memoriam was composed in 1989 for the Aequalis Chamber Ensemble, on commission from the Massachusetts Arts Council New Works Program. Shortly after receiving the commission for this piece I heard the sad news of Paul Fromm's death. I could think of nothing else but to write a memorial work. Mr. Fromm was a great source of encouragement and inspiration for American composers, and we are all eternally grateful to him. As patron, scholar, and spokesman he was the most dedicated advocate of the contemporary composer this country has ever seen. His work lives on in the foundation that bears his name, and his spirit lives on in the hundreds of compositions he inspired.