2018-2019 SUGGESTED PROGRAMS
Debussy – Piano Trio in G Major (1879)
Gilad Cohen – Around the Cauldron (2016)
Brahms – Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8
Every great composer goes through an evolution of style while discovering his unique musical voice. Early works are often full of energy and innovation, inspired by the great composers of the past while also looking ahead to the future. This program explores youthful compositions by two of the greatest composers in history – Brahms and Debussy, as well as a new work by young Israeli composer Gilad Cohen.
LIGHT AND MATTER
Scriabin – Nocturne Op. 5 No. 1 (arr.: Krein)
Kaija Saariaho: Light and Matter (2014)
Faure – Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120
Schubert – Piano trio in E-flat Major, Op. 100
Inspired by Kaija Saariaho’s Light and Matter (2014), the program explores composers whose music is concerned with finding a balance between matter – the use of musical materials and forms in the classical tradition, and light – the search for new colors and a sense of timelessness. The connection between the two elements often results in a unique blend of beauty and imagina-tion.
INSPIRED BY SONG
Schumann – Trio no. 2 in F major, op. 80
Ives – Piano Trio, op. 86
Paul Chihara – Ain’t no Sunshine (2006)
Beethoven – Trio in B flat major, op. 11
Song is arguably the most natural and basic form of musical expression, and accompanies us throughout our lives. Even for the great composers, the song is often a backbone of their large scale compositions, and this program brings it to the foreground. In his his second Piano Trio, Schumann quotes his own song, Intermezzo, from his song cycle Liederkreis, while Beethoven uses a melody which was such a hit in Vienna at the time, that it gave the trio its nickname, the “Gassenhauer trio” (meaning a tune that is whistled on all city’s streets). Paul Chihara, who is celebrating his 80th birthday in 2018, draws from Bill Withers’ blues ballad, Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone, and Charles Ives is throwing together a carnival of fragments from American folk songs, popular songs and fraternity songs to humorous effect in his famous “TSIAJ” movement (which stands for “This scherzo is a joke”).