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Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (1993)

I. Allegro             
II. Arietta
III. Andante    

IV. Presto
Audio Excerpt 1

Audio Excerpt 2

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Program Notes

     The interaction of clearly defined rhythmic, melodic and phrase/periodic contours are central to the Trio's translucent textures.  A dance-like first movement, both witty and playful, engages the instruments in delicate motivic exchanges and conversations.  The gentle Arietta, a lullaby for my first-born child, leads attacca to an introspective and reflective Andante.  This sentimental movement unfolds through moments of utmost cantabile to passages of pressing urgency and reflection.  The psychological pairing of the interior movements complements the close relationship of the outer two.  The wit of the allegro turns into a spirited presto that couples instrumental virtuosity with an unrestrained exuberence.  At its peak, a central motive from the Allegro returns and musically 'binds' movements I and IV together - a brilliant coda provides the final flurry.