Sunday, September 18th, 2022, at 3 pm
Elena Chernova-Davis, violin
Benjamin Larsen, cello
Ruoting Li, piano
Frank Bridge (1879-1941) Phantasie for Piano Trio, H. 79
Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983) Piano Trio
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Piano Trio in F Major, Op. 80
Mit innigem Ausdruck - Lebhaft
In mässiger Bewegung
Nicht zu rasch
A Note from the Artistic Director
As a programmer, I enjoy scheduling music that I think I will like, and that I think the audience will enjoy as well. Sometimes this will be something well-known, to headline the program and bring people in the door; but more often it's something I feel is something underplayed or underrepresented that I feel the audience probably won't be as familiar with, but will enjoy, and perhaps be pleasantly surprised. This is one such program.
The concert starts with the Bridge Phantasie for piano trio. It's a single movement work, not conforming to the three or four movement norm for the piano trio genre, though this isn't so uncommon for a phantasie. The work itself is beautiful, as I'm sure you'll agree, and the composer, Frank Bridge, is in my opinion, underplayed. An English composer who lived through the turn of the century, he is perhaps most well known for being Benjamin Britten's primary teacher, though he was a fine composer in his own rite. I highly recommend listening to his chamber works, and look forward to programming more of his music in the future.
Germaine Tailleferre is a recent discovery for me; I had the opportunity in the spring to perform her music when I was invited to play her string quartet on a program, and I loved it (and programmed it for later this season). I immediately sought out what other chamber music she had written, and found her piano trio, which you will hear on this program. Tailleferre was the only female member of the French (and Swiss) group of composers known as Le Six (the others were Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, and Francis Poulenc). Her trio, which was largely composed around 1916-17, was revisited and completed in 1978, and, as with much of her music, is becoming more performed, especially as people try to bring to light female composers of the past. Regardless of her background, this piece is beautiful, and deserving of all the programming that comes its way.
Finally, the Piano Trio in F Major, by Robert Schumann, is probably the most well known work on the program, even if it's not his most well known chamber work, or even piano trio! His darker trios, in d minor and g minor, are more often played in my experience, though this work has an uplifting spirit, which can certainly be appreciated in times such as these. This piece will send you on your way with a smile on your face, and (hopefully) marking your calendar so you don't miss the October programs!