Performed By: Curtis Macomber, violin; Norman Fischer, cello; Deborah Dunham, bass; and Jeanne Fischer, piano

Violin, cello, double bass, piano

Duration: 5 minutes 30 seconds

Commissioned By:
Minneapolis Artists Ensemble

March 6, 1983 by the Minneapolis Arts Ensemble at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Saint Paul, MN

Available From:
Oxford University Press, distributed by Edition Peters

Composer's Notes:

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:

Additional Information:

This work is also available for piano and string orchestra through rent at Edition Peters.

Score Errata:
m. 176 Viola 2,Cello 2: sixteenth-note figure should appear on beat 2

Piano Part Errata
m. 33: LH, beat 2 – second eigth should be octave D-naturals (like m. 158)
m. 78: RH, last beat, last chord - The A should be an A#
m. 88: RH, beat 3 - chord has G-sharp and should be F-sharp
m. 88: LH, beat 3 - both A should be A-flat
mm. 118 and 121: LH should have C#-B to D-C. It should match measure 116
m. 126: LH, beat 3 - should be D-natural (not D-sharp)
m. 128: LH, third note should be a B
m. 134: LH, beat 2 - second either should be F-sharp like m. 131 (not D)
m. 149: LH, last note should be a C
m. 172: RH, 2nd half of beat 1; the upper note should be F
m. 183: RH, first beat, last sixteenth-note should be a B-flat