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1(=picc).2.2(I=EbCl, II=bcl).1- (min:

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Boosey & Hawkes (Hendon Music)

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Colin Currie, percussion / Eric Huebner, piano / New York Philharmonic / David Robertson
Composer's Notes

After the premiere of Conversations at the Aldeburgh Festival in June of 2011 Oliver Knussen suggested that I expand this piece. I decided to add two more movements, which became the two controversies. The first of the two controversies has the percussion in the leading role and the second features the piano which ends the movement in a flourish.

— Elliott Carter
December 22, 2011

Press Quotes

…[Two Controversies and a Conversation] emerges as a genial, economic rumination on percussive structures and strictures. Colin Currie and Eric Huebner, the soloists, trade snappy, tricky rhythmic impulses on a piano plus numerous tapping/stroking/banging devices. Supporting instruments add unpredictable commentary and echoes.
— Martin Bernheimer, Financial Times

Recommended Recording

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano / Colin Currie, percussion 
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group / Oliver Knussen, conductor
Ondine Records ODE 1296-2

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