Bacon, John William, Jr.
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Three Faces is a musical composition for three groups of instruments: A chamber orchestra, improvisers and percussion. Each group is further divided into three: Three improvisers, three percussionists and three groups, wind, brass and string, in the chamber orchestra. In each group of the chamber orchestra there are three members. The obsessive arrangement of threes is central to the structural and thematic make-up of the piece. At its' core, Three Faces is attempting to express three different musical personalities: The virtuoso, the antagonist or motivator and the accompanist. The piece divides into three main sections that coincide with the division of the original thematic material into three sections. Three-part counterpoint is a main tool used throughout. The piece presents three main thematic ideas that are all sprung from one central idea and at an even more primal level from a tone row. Throughout the piece elements of rigorous composition, improvisation and a pitch-to-noise continuum are explored. The central idea for combining these elements into a single piece of music is for the social benefits. I'm interested in how these different ideas can coexist. I'm also interested in the educational aspect of combining diverse music. I enjoy the way that the music can learn, through the efforts of the musicians involved, how to unify itself. I'm not interested, at least in this work, in creating a collage. Rather I am interested in creating an environment where musicians with whom I have an affinity can have a common ground for music making and where the music with which they are comfortable can bend and absorb qualities of other music while projecting some of it's own self onto others.