Elegy on the Three Chords that Saved the World (Kram, Richard)




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Richard Kram (2012/7/23)

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Richard Kram (2012/7/23)

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Work Title Elegy on the Three Chords that Saved the World
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Composer Kram, Richard
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IRK 23
Key F major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2011
Average DurationAvg. Duration 5 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Orchestra

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One night noodling around at the keyboard, I just happened to play the opening three chords (I-ii-V) in the voicing of measure 1, and I thought to myself, where would tonal music be without these three chords in this sequence. So much classical tonal music is based on these three chords (not I-IV-V). They define the circle of fifths that in turn defined the tonal framework of music from Corelli to Mahler. Yes, these three chords saved the world - at least the world of tonal music. So I just went where these three chords took me that night. As it turned out it took me down Elgar lane. My sister calls this "Elgargy". Mostly a very quiet piece with limited orchestration. And the piece also proves that parallel fifths can in fact sound very good.