Jeewon Park, piano
Tessa Lark , violin
Edward Arron, cello
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano
Arvo Pärt: Mozart-Adagio for Piano Trio (1992)
Haydn: Piano Trio in A-flat Major, Hob. XV:14
Schubert: Piano Trio in E-flat Major, D.929
Notes on the Program:
Igor Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne is an arrangement of several movements from his 1920 ballet, Pulcinella, based on the character from the 18th century commedia dell’arte. This piece is an early example of Stravinsky’s neo-classical period, as it features musical themes from the 1700′s which Stravinsky rewrote in a modern way.
Arvo Part wrote his Mozart-Adagio in memory of a violinist friend who had a special love for the music of Mozart. In this piece, Part takes the Adagio movement from Mozart’s Sonata in F Major, K. 280 and reinterprets it in a 20th century manner, using a dissonant interval to symbolize sorrow in a spare yet powerful way.
Haydn wrote his Trio in A-flat Major in 1790. It is considered one of his “late” trios, and thus reflects the composer’s full genius and is greatly admired. As in the other late trios, the piano is dominant (and brilliantly virtuosic) with the violin only taking the melody occasionally and the cello usually doubling the bass line of the piano.
Schubert’s Trio in E-flat Major was written in 1827, one of his last compositions before his death in 1828. The main theme of the second movement has been used in many movies, including Barry Lyndon, The Piano Teacher, The Hunger, Crimson Tide, and the HBO miniseries John Adams.