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|Work Title||Piano Trio|
|Alternative. Title||for Violin, Cello and Piano|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 87|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1984|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||15 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||violin, cello, piano|
As with many of my works, the kernel for all the subsequent music is presented at the beginning. This applies not only to the first movement but to all subsequent movements as well, though the initial motive may be transformed or evolved, sort of like an ongoing “development section.” So the piece begins with the initial statement developed in the strings in a rather turgid atonal style, ending, however, somewhat peacefully.
The second movement is something of a madcap scherzo evolving into a hide-and-seek playing with the material.
The third movement is rather slow and dance-like with an ongoing ostinato in the strings while the piano skitters above it in an almost cadenza-like quality.
Fourth movement begins like the first (familiar territory), the strings developing the motive as the piano rushes furiously about producing dramatic interactions.
Fifth movement is an epilogue derived from the last few notes of the fourth movement, rather sweet and tender as though “Well, we've had a bit of an adventuresome time of it – time to relax and enjoy the sweetness of life.”
– W. Jay Sydeman