|Work Title||Homage to Brahms for Piano Trio|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 46|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1983|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||10 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||violin, cello, piano|
Written in 1982 when I was revisiting some favorite composers from the past, I felt impelled to include Brahms. The first movement has that lovely Brahms sound and textures; the second is livelier and still pays homage to Brahms' harmonic world, coupled with some contemporary rhythmic innovation.
There are two themes in the first movement – a sort of slow tender one, and a second that has more motion, finally returning to theme no. 1 in double the note values. As in all my work, the thematic development is (at least for me) the main business of the composition. In this particular work, the gestures are definitely Brahmsian and therefore easy to follow.
– W. Jay Sydeman