- 9/27/1967 - 1/26/1968
- Score copied by Nicolas Roussakis. Recorded by Rolf Schulte, John Graham, and Fred Sherry on Nonesuch; reissued on CD by Music & Arts Programs of America, Inc.
- Patomic String Trio
Charles Wuorinen’s String Trio was written in 1967-68 for the Potomac String Trio, who first performed it in the National Gallery, Washington, D.C., 27 October 1968. It has been described by the composer as "a one movement work of slowly unfolding lines and ever-increasing drama, with an accelerating degree of complexity." At 16 and ½ minutes, it shows a raga-like development from a drone-accompanied opening on G through a zone of maximum complexity, finally coming to rest in a slowly pulsating variation of the opening material. The String Trio is a massive work, monumental in scale and design, and arguably the most substantial addition to the literature since the Schoenberg work, Op.45, of 1946.