Concert Piece: La Tricotea (2006)
Duration: 3.75 min.
Dedication: for Jeffrey Grossman
Commission: Commissioned by Jeffrey Grossman
Publisher: Musik Fabrik
Concert Piece: La Tricotea (2006) was written for and is dedicated to conductor and pianist Jeffrey Grossman.
The work is a “concert paraphrase” in the tradition of the virtuoso piano literature. Thus it is not a set of traditional variations but rather is a virtuosic elaboration of the source material—with different parts of the piece focusing on and amplifying different elements of the original.
The source material is the anonymous Renaissance Spanish three-part choral motet La Tricotea. In some sources, this motet is attributed to Francisco Alonso. It was originally published a collection entitled Cancionero Musical del Palacio (c. 1490–1520). The text of the motet is primarily in Spanish but includes both elements of other Romance languages and a great deal of gibberish.