Violin, cello, piano
Premiered by the Weilerstein Trio in Cleveland, OH on April 1, 2000.
Libby Larsen Publishing
This piece is Paul Gerike's arrangement of Four on the Floor.
Original program note from Four on the Floor.
Four on the Floor is inspired by boogie-woogie. It is a celebration of American music and American musicians. The metronome indication for Four on the Floor is 138-144 to the quarter note, a speed verging on breakneck, and breakneck is the theme of the piece—an America that is speeding up faster and faster, jazzing into eternity.
After a short 3-bar introduction, the boogie beat is laid down by the piano. Its characteristic use of triplets and a “walking bass” in the left hand continues throughout the piece. A jazzy pizzicato phrase for the three string instruments leads into a slightly slower section which features dialogue between the strings (playing in rhythmic unison) and the piano. A re- statement of the earlier material is combined with a “ripping” riff. Breathless solos for each instrumentalist bring Four on the Floor to a boisterous conclusion.
Four on the Floor was commissioned by the Minneapolis Artists Ensemble, and received its premiere in March, 1983.