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Elegy

(C trumpet, Cello and Piano).
Total duration ca. 8 minutes (2004)
Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).
One movement work. 20 pages, 8.5" x 11".

Premiered on September 17, 2004 in Spearfish, SD by The Orenunn Trio:
Mark Boren, trumpet; Julianne Boren, cello; and Ellen Bottorf, piano. Audio clip performed by The Orenunn Trio.

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.


Also available as:

Piano Trio No. 1: Elegy

Dedicated to my late father, Ivan Shapiro.

(Piano, Violin and Cello).
Total duration ca. 8 minutes (1999)
Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).
One movement work. 8 pages, 8.5" x 11".

Premiered on April 2, 2000 in Bakersfield, CA.
by Donna Fraser, violin; Norma Sexton, cello;
and Charles Badami, piano.

Audio clip performed by Dawn Phelps Neal, violin, Marilyn Harris, cello, and Dorothy Spafard Hull, piano.

 


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Elegiac

(Bb Clarinet, Cello and Piano).
Total duration ca. 8 minutes (2010)
Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).
One movement work. 20 pages, 8.5" x 11".

Premiered on June 26, 2010 in Friday Harbor, WA by Chamber Music San Juans: Patricia Kostek, clarinet, Doug Davis, cello, and Arthur Rowe, piano.

Trumpet Colors CD
Elegy is featured on the Trio Chromos 2007 CD, Trumpet Colors, on Crystal Records 766. Click CD for more info.

MusicWeb International

"... 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."

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MusicWeb International, December 2007

"...the Trio Chromos (Ismael Betancor, trumpet; José Luis Castillo, piano; Carlos Rivero, cello) plays with utter abandon in these works, fully convinced of their authenticity and importance, and with all of the requisite skill and stylistic manners needed to successfully convey the music’s spirit."

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Fanfare Magazine, July/August 2007

     
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This Elegy is an adaptation of a piano trio 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. The opening theme in the trumpet 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 trumpet motive in an emotional plea. The piece ends with stillness, the quiet, lone voices of the instruments, and the acceptance of loss.D

 
 
 

 

Enjoy this 2013 video of trumpeter Mary Thornton, cellist Carrie Pierce,
and pianist Shao-Shan Chen performing Elegy:

 

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