Violin, cello, double bass, piano
Minneapolis Artists Ensemble
March 6, 1983 by the Minneapolis Arts Ensemble at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Saint Paul, MN
Oxford University Press, distributed by Edition Peters
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 three-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 restatement of the earlier material is combined with a "ripping" riff.
Breathless solos for each instrumentalist bring Four on the Floor to a boisterous conclusion.
— Libby Larsen, 1983
A recording is available for purchase with the album, Circle of Friends, or seperately:
This work is also available for piano and string orchestra through rent at Edition Peters.
Piano Part Errata
Measure 78: Last Beat, RH, Last Chord - The A should be an A#
Measures 118 and 121: LH should have C#-B to D-C. It should match measure 116.
Measure 128: LH, third note should be a B.
Measure 149: LH, last note should be a C.
Measure 172: RH, 2nd half of beat 1; the upper note should be F.
Measure 183: RH, first beat, last sixteenth-note should be a Bb.