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For violin, Cello and Piano

By Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

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Chamber Cello, Piano, Violin
For violin, Cello and Piano. Composed by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (1939-). The World Premiere took place on April 15, 1988 at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. Classical. Set of Score and Parts. With Standard notation. Duration 16 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #144-40159. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.144401590).

Item Number: PR.144401590

The first of many fruitful collaborations between Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the success of this work led to subsequent commissions for the composer's Double Concerto, Triple Concerto, Septet, and Pas de Trois.
Many of my favorite works for piano trio are, in effect, duos in which the two strings together balance the piano. In the interest of formal and aesthetic balance, I took a somewhat similar approach. I also decided to exploit the difference in the essence of strings and keyboard, allowing some musical material to arise from the nature of the piano and some to be generated by the nature of string instruments. Most often the material is then taken up and re-interpreted by the other family; sometimes the musical material is not exchanged, but forms the basis for a dialogue with the other. Ultimately, however, the piano violin and cello are partners, three equal voices of exploration. My ideal performers possess the kind of virtuosity that combines exhilarating athleticism with real musical values and feeling. Perhaps it was in eager anticipation of just that kind of performance that this Trio was written in something of a white heat -- very quickly, for me -- and I feel it to be a particularly immediate and personal statement.

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