Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
duration ca. 12 minutes (1998)
on November 8, 1998 in Los Angeles, CA.
Circus of Fleas
Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano was composed at the suggestion of my dear friend, composer and clarinetist Bronwen Jones, whose wonderful encouragement of my music directly led to my ongoing delight in composing chamber works. This piece was composed using classical sonata form as a point of departure for a modern tonal and rhythmic palette, and each of the three movements evokes a distinctive mood.
The Allegro introduces a strong theme, first heard in the clarinet and then developed for all three instruments throughout the movement. A quiet piano entrance begins the Adagio, an unabashedly romantic gesture that gradually builds with a lyrical, ascending line. The third movement, Vivace, is a fun, raucous sort of gypsy dance that cavorts through bitonality and shifting meters and ends the entire Trio with a big grin.
Steven E. Ritter, American Record Guide Nov/Dec 2001
"...truly interesting and very lovely.."
Jeff Gower, The Delius Festival Report, April 1999
winner in the Best Instrumental Music category
|Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano is featured on the 2000 CD, Clariphonia: Music of the 20th Century on Clarinet, on Cambria Master Recordings 1125. Click CD for more info.|
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