This is a more or less final version of the set II from Schuman’s Three-Score Set, with variations. Each of the variations messes a bit more with the note order, duration, envelopes, octaves, dynamics, glissandi, and rhythms to create something progressively less like the original, until it’s almost completely unrecognizable. But the chords are the same throughout. It’s like a machine that destroys the material as it progresses.
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Machine 7: William Schuman – Three-Score Set – variations on set 2 – #26