Opus Prime (2005)

for 'cello, piano, violin
By Eli Marshall

??Opus Prime (2004) is an upbeat romp in quasi-rondo form (with characteristics, too, of an arch form: beginning and ending in the same vein, with the second half of the work resembling the first in reverse). The main theme occurs in variation but is always built on the same beat patterns and phrase lengths. Opus Prime was commissioned for the Hong Kong Opus One Piano Trio, and premiered on All Fools’ Day of 2004 in Hong Kong City Hall.? ?? EM

“Once when father (George Ives) was asked: 'How can you stand it to hear old John Bell (who was the best stonemason in town) bellow off-key the way he does at camp-meetings?' his answer was: 'Old John is a supreme musician. Look into his face and hear the music of the ages. Don't pay too much attention to the sounds. If you do, you may miss the music. You won't get a heroic ride to Heaven on pretty little sounds!'”
--Charles Ives