Piano Trio No. 1: Elegy
Dedicated to my late father, Ivan Shapiro.
Violin and Cello).
Audio clip performed by Dawn Phelps Neal, violin, Marilyn Harris, cello, and Dorothy Spafard Hull, piano.
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Recorded by Trio Chromos: Ismael Betancor, trumpet; Carlos Rivero, cello and José Luis Castillo, piano.
Audio clip performed by Trio Chromos: Ismael Betancor, trumpet; Carlos Rivero, cello and José Luis Castillo, piano.
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|Elegy is featured on the Trio Chromos 2007 CD, Trumpet Colors, on Crystal Records 766. Click CD for more info.|
"... The melancholy falling theme of Alex Shapiro’s Elegy hints a little at Brahms. The plangent cello line is seconded by the trumpet and supported by the supple piano, which then picks up the mood and all three instruments conjoin in lyric reflection. It was written originally for the standard piano trio of violin, cello and piano... Enjoyable and never trivial... excellently realised by the trio – fine sound as well completes the pleasure."
Elegy was written shortly after
the death of my father at the early age of 69, in the wake of his nine
year bout with Alzheimer's disease. It is plaintive and lyrical, and
although it uses a modern tonal sensibility, there is a romantic, late
nineteenth century presence that informs much of the piece. In my mind,
this Trio has moments that faintly echo the Brahms trios which my father
adored throughout his life. The opening theme in the violin descends
in a variety of ways, and the flow of the music attempts to cry out
and fight against such decline. The middle of the piece brings a moving
cello melody which swells upward and ultimately plays against the violin
motive in an emotional plea. The piece ends with stillness, the quiet,
lone voices of the instruments, and the acceptance of loss.D
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