Short Piano trio

Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
2 minutes
Modern classical music and Classical music
Piano trio
Instrumental parts
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This 2 and a half minute little piano trio was written on 1st September 2014 and was my first attempt at composing on Sibelius. I wrote the first third in the afternoon, then after tea came the second section and the recap. Occasionally I’ll write a short piece in one go when an idea comes, but usually it’s a much harder struggle! I liked this so much that I spent the next 5 weeks writing a longer version - see "Autumn Lift" in the related scores link.

I was very pleased with the expressive capabilities of Sibelius which inspired me to write this piece. It’s in ternary form.

The piano trio starts with the 2 bar figure then the piano sets the key and pace.The Cello starts on a low E then a tune on the violin interplays with a countermelody on the cello. The 2 instruments end the A section with descending clashes and resolutions.

Part B starts with a return of the opening 2 bars (in E minor). The descending clashes and resolutions from section A are taken up in E minor, a little more dissonant this time. Then after a tiny bridge passage of 2 bars an ambiguous chord of E B F# A C# leads to a strong tune in the violin with a forceful Cello counter melody. This idea is swapped between the strings with double stopping on the violin. The melody repeats in a more subdued mode and gradually dies away.

Part A returns, finishing with a flattened interrupted cadence a few bars before the end to lengthen it a little and add some finishing spice.

The piece ends with the instruments gradually reduced to give a pleasing change in sonority.

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