Time For Three’s “Firework” Cover

The eclectic string trio, Time For Three isn’t interested in categories. The original members, violinists Nick Kendall and Zachary DePue and double bassist Ranaan Meyer, began jamming together as students at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The result was a vibrant and free-flowing mix of musical styles and genres, including bluegrass, jazz, rock, and hip-hop. This “classically trained garage band” continued to perform together after Curtis, although DePue left to become concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony and his replacement Nikki Chooi has just joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as concertmaster.

Here is Time For Three’s cover of Katy Perry’s 2010 dance-pop hit, FireworkThe euphoria-inducing song is built partly on a steadily-rising A-flat major scale. Time For Three’s cover retains this powerful sense of upward lift, while becoming something different entirely. Fragments of Perry’s song blend with the Dance of the Princesses from Stravinsky’s 1910 ballet score, The Firebird, itself inspired by a Russian folk song. The juxtaposition of the two creates some interesting moments. There’s one particularly beautiful modulation at 6:23 as we suddenly slide back into the chorus of Firework.


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  • Time For Three’s complete discography iTunes
  • Stravinsky, The Firebird, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez iTunes

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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