Trio Sonata (2009-2010)
two treble instruments, one bass instrument and piano
I. Trivium: Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic
II. Chatterbox
III. Three Chairs: for solitude, friendship, and society
IV. Run-on Sentences

Duration:  15 minutes

Commissioned by Scott Brodie, Lorraine Jewett, Tara Kazak, and Jonathan Newmark

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Performances:
Scott Brodie, Lorraine Jewett, Tara Kazak, and Jonathan Newmark; July 31, 2010, performed 3rd movement at Chamber Music Conference, Bennington, VT

Program Notes:
     Trio Sonata was commissioned by four musicians who participate in the annual summer Chamber Music Conference in Bennington, Vermont.  Having attended the conference in 2006 as a composition fellow, I became acquainted with the group’s interest in a new work inspired by the Baroque trio sonata genre.  Like early trio sonatas, the piece is scored for two treble instruments, one bass instrument and piano, with flute, oboe and bassoon featured in this version.  The four movements follow the traditional slow, fast, slow, fast arrangement.  The music hints at its Baroque predecessors through the contrapuntal interplay between instruments, the rhythmic vitality and figuration, and its lyricism throughout.  The most contemporary aspects of the piece are found in its surprising harmonic combinations and the independence of the piano.

 

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