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Amy Caputo, Erin Cassel & Brandon Dodge | Curtis Bryant Trio for Flute, Marimba & Cello

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Curtis Bryant Trio for Flute, Marimba & Cello

by Amy Caputo, Erin Cassel & Brandon Dodge

Bryant's music has been described as being “…immediately attractive and accessible, with an emphasis on beauty of sound, simplicity of means, and expression of feeling.” (Atlanta Journal and Constitution)
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Trio for Flute, Marimba & Cello: 1. Slow
Amy Caputo, Erin Cassel & Brandon Dodge
3:58 $0.99
2. Trio for Flute, Marimba & Cello: 2. Fast
Amy Caputo, Erin Cassel & Brandon Dodge
3:26 $0.99
3. Trio for Flute, Marimba & Cello: 3. Slow, Fugue
Amy Caputo, Erin Cassel & Brandon Dodge
3:27 $0.99
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Curtis Bryant’s TRIO FOR FLUTE, MARIMBA & CELLO was composed in 1983 for now retired percussionist Shani Diggs who performed with the Charleston Symphony and was a frequent participant in the Piccolo Spoleto USA Festival. She premiered the work with other faculty members from the College of Charleston in spring of 1983. The balanced combination of the three contrasting timbres of flute, marimba and cello creates a rich, sensuous mixture that evokes images of the natural world.

The trio is in three short movements, each under four minutes in length. The first, initially marked “Slow,” is loosely composed in theme and variation form with contrasting and quickly changing moods as the tempo and rhythmic activity gradually picks up in the manner of the Baroque "double." The second movement, marked “Fast” is in a lively triple meter, rich with jazz harmonies and syncopated rhythms. Structurally the movement is in a simple but elegant sonata form. The final movement of the trio opens in a slow tempo with thematic material that is derived from the first movement. A new “fugue theme” is then introduced in the complex meter of 11/8 that serves to bring out the contrasting timbres of the three instruments. As the counterpoint intensifies into a gnarled stretto, the movement reaches a climax with a return to the fugue theme presented in hocket. The sensuous opening theme is again evoked in all its rich colors before returning to a final statement of the fugue theme, ending with a wink and a nod in what appears to be another stretto. But now the argument has been resolved with all ending in boisterous unison as ascending and descending tetrachords expand into the octave.

This recording of Bryant’s TRIO FOR FLUTE, MARIMBA & CELLO was made by members of Atlanta’s Terminus Ensemble, which specializes in the performance of new music by Atlanta composers. After giving a live performance at Georgia State University (April 2, 2017) Bryant engaged the performers to make a studio recording at 800 East Recording Studio with Martin Kearns, engineer.



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