NEW RELEASE: Explorations, 21st Century Music for Duo & Trio


RMN Classical

Press release

London, UK, (for immediate release 28 07 2017)


Explorations, 21st Century Music for Duo and Trio

It is with great pleasure and thrilling excitement that RMN Classical is announcing the release of a new album titled “Explorations, 21st Century Music for Duo & Trio”.

The new album is an interesting and captivating journey that guides the listener throughout the music of 21st Century living composers. It includes 7 compositions written by 7 different composers selected through an international Call for Scores.

The new works have been written for duo or trio combinations of this four instruments only: flute, violin, viola and violoncello. 7 different approaches have been taken by the composers, 7 different styles are here compared and recorded for the audience and the more academic musician.

Flute, P. Doronzo
Violin and Viola, C. M. Rizzi
Cello, E. Ranieri

Recorded, Mixed by N. Monopoli, D. Wang
Record at Studio Cultura e Musica G. Curci (Italy)
Mastered by N. Monopoli, R.Romano
Produced by R.Romano
Cover Design by RMN Classical

This release aims to create a bridge with the wide, and existing audience and the 21st Century Composers and Performers in order to let more and more people discover, understand, enjoy and appreciate the fearless and charming contemporary modern repertoire.

The album, distributed via RMN Music, will be available on every digital outlet and platform online from Friday, July 28th, 2017.


About the playlist:

The playlist includes:

01. Aquarelle (2014) by John Gourlay

One of a set of duos inspired by visual art that also includes Chiaroscuro, Grisaille and Lithoglyph, the intention here is to portray in music the transparency and fleeting nature of watercolour painting. Aquarelle was premièred by Katherine Wake and Vincent Gray in 2015.

02. Miniature No. 5 (2016) by Kieran Reed

This piece takes its inspiration from the Fibonacci sequence. The melodic content is based off intervals derived from the sequence, namely a major 2nd, a major 3rd and a tritone, while the structure alternates between sections with a length determined by this sequence.

03. Trio I by Paolo Geminiani (1993 rev. 2016)

The composition is based on a short sequence of note crossing through the whole piece. Divided into two parts, in the first section, the exposed line crosses all the instruments in a contrapuntal style. In the second section the sequence takes the form of single line exposed by the flute first and by the violin after, with the remaining instruments in the background. The expressive focus of the piece develops around solos of violin, cello and flute, and by the end of the piece, it returns back to the flute, which completes the lyrical line with the two strings on tremolo and harmonics.

04. Color_Shift1 by Matt Magerkurth

A furious short piece, color_shift1 is a product of thick string writing and a coloristic approach to narrative structure. In this piece, each of the three sections are conceived as large blocks of pigment that serve as a blueprint to its architecture. A simple descending interval and feeling of tonal movement is the constructional link, and the thick, harsh viola and cello sounds bring it home.

05. Duet (2014) by Timothy Tate

At odds with each other – and sharing the same strings an octave apart – the viola and cello explore their inherent tension in Duet, a didactic and divisive piece. These instruments trade pithy melodic lines, struggling for dominance as they explore the extremities of register and colour.

06. Yearning (2015) by Petar Jovanov

Yearning draws on string techniques such as col legno for percussive effects, string harmonics, and pizzicato with frenetic rhythmic motifs. The first section expresses a mechanical interpretation while the second section, draws on a more organic approach. It implies that when are deeply involved with our work, we function in a systematic way like robots, unthinkingly, automatically. Yet when emotion overwhelms us, we yearn for our home, birthplace, family etc.

07. Music for Toys & Dreams (2016) by Greg Bartholomew

Music for Toys & Dreams was commissioned by the Farrelly Ensemble for their performance at the 2016 Unbound Flute Festival in Brisbane, Australia. With a childlike simplicity, the piece evokes music heard while napping, as we drift in and out of dreams, with melodies interrupted and fragments of distant stories interwoven. Each instrument becomes the child’s voice for a toy, sometimes telling its own story, sometimes reacting to another toy’s story, and sometimes enacting a story jointly with the other toys. It starts with the toys waking up, or with a child picking up different toys and introducing them to us. Initially the child is animating the toys, and then the toys begin to animate themselves within the child’s dreams. Originally composed for flute, clarinet & cello trio, this adaptation for flute, violin & cello was arranged for this recording.

About RMN Classical

RMN Classical is the adventurous imprint launched by RMN Music’s MD and Composer-Conductor Riccardo (Rick) Romano, to explore and change the expectations and perception of 20th and 21st-century contemporary art-music. Since its start in 2015, the label has released a growing catalogue of productions including film score, classical, contemporary, sound-art, electroacoustic and acousmatic music and their sub-genres.


About RMN Music

London-based RMN Music is a modern music company devoted to the contemporary artists and audience. Originally born as a boutique label, it now offers the core music services to the music industry professionals: distribution, royalties management, publishing, licensing, productions, and creative services. Its mission is to empower the artist, and connect the music and people in new ways, creating unique experiences, to inspire dreams, new ideas and imagination.


“Explorations, 21st Century Music for Duo & Trio” will be available on every digital outlet and platform from Friday, July 28th, 2017 on RMN Classical.


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