Three Decorations (2013)

Percussion trio. 5 mins.

Three short movements for three percussionists. Each movement is a musical response to, or evocation of, a favorite image from European decorative arts. Winner of NYU Percussion Ensemble Call for Scores.

Perusal Score

Score and parts available for purchase. Please direct inquiries to Nell Shaw Cohen at nell@nellshawcohen.com.

Program Note

Each movement in Three Decorations is a musical response to or evocation of a favorite image of mine from European decorative art: first, the tree-like vertical extensions of cathedral columns; second, the colorful, asymmetrical style of mosaic popularized by Antoni Gaudí; third, the image of a grand tapestry covered in millefleur designs warming the walls of a dark 15th century castle. Three Decorations was my first foray into writing for drum set in a chamber music context. A former rock drummer myself, I opted to utilize the kit in similar ways I would in a popular music idiom: to create groove, accentuating and supporting the interlocking syncopations heard in the pitched instruments.

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Performance History

NYU Percussion Ensemble; Jonathan Haas, Director. NYU Frederick Loewe Theatre, New York NY. 10/13/13.