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Malcolm Arnold

Publisher: Novello & Co

Piano Trio (1956)
Paterson Publications
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Piano Trio
Year Composed
13 Minutes

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Malcolm Arnold Piano Trio (1956)
The main themes of the first movement of the Piano Trio (first performed by the St Cecilian Trio in 1956) are grave and songlike: but first violin and cello demand attention with a rhetorical unison, piano appending three distinct comments which are to play important roles later in the movement. In the central movement, violin follows cello in a two-part canon, piano responding with a consoling sequential phrase, and the process repeats in inversion. The emotional temperature rises in a more richly scored middle section, falls again as the canon is resumed. The seven-bar opening unison of the last movement establishes the harmonic basis for the eleven variations which follow. 3, 4 and 5 form a triple variation in which piano, violin and cello in turn carry forward the semiquaver movement; 7 and 8, a double canonic variation. A brief but weighty coda brings the Trio to an end conclusively and without unnecessary ceremony.

  • Soloist(s)
    Christopher van Kempen and Moray Welsh, cellos / Marcia Crayford, violin / Ian Brown, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Jane Faulkner, violin / Timothy Ravesncroft, piano / Justin Pearson
  • Ensemble
    St. Clair Trio
    Emmanuelle Boisvert, violin / Pauline Martin, piano
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