The New York New Music Ensemble began with a bang,
literally. This ensemble has been around for twenty-three
years and it is considered to be “the raising standard” in
contemporary chamber music. On Thursday afternoon, I saw
the ensemble perform three pieces: Trio, Nutturno, and
Marxville Songbook. These three possess very similar tone
color and composition.
The ensemble’s first piece, Trio, was composed by Donald
Martino. This musician pursued his interest in music at
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bass was the pianist because all the other instruments
played as an accompaniment.
This music was new to me because I am accustomed to hearing
drums as the basis and foundation for any group of
musicians. The combination of a piano, flute, xylophone,
percussion, clarinet, cello, and violin contributed to the
music’s atmosphere of confusion. Overall, I thought the
concert was a new experience because it opened me up to
another world of music.