The late 18th century saw a wider usage of two great technological inventions that came to define domestic music making: the ‘forte-piano’ and the copperplate printing. With this new affordability of printed music, and a new keyboard instrument that was both loud enough and expressive enough to be accompanied by string instruments, the genre of the piano trio was born. Our journey starts with the dawn of the piano trio, where C. P. E. Bach displays his art of invention in the floridly ornamented, fantasy-like keyboard Sonata , accompanied by violin and cello. This is followed by a work from twenty years later, when the young and ambitious Beethoven arrived in Vienna. His debut compositions “Op. 1” sought to invent the piano trio anew, giving more equal importance to all three instruments, making his mark as the next great Viennese musician, thereby also ‘inventing’ himself.
The second half of this programme sees the Linos Piano Trio’s process of re-inventing the piano trio. Collaboratively, the trio reimagines orchestral colours of three French masterpieces, and creates more personal and intimate versions for a chamber setting. Debussy’s symphonic poem Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faune, marks an important turning point in European music and was considered by Boulez to be the “beginning of modern music”. Dukas’ ever popular Sorcerer’s Apprentice was featured in the one of the early best-known examples of music and animation, in Disney’s 1940 creation of Fantasia. And finally the uncannily haunting La Valse by Ravel, a kind of proto-post-modernist take on the dance, as described by composer George Benjamin: “the birth, decay, and destruction of a musical genre: the waltz”.
|Inventing the Trio:|
|Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Accompanied Piano Sonata in G Major Wq. 90 no. 2|
|Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2|
|Re-Inventing the Trio:|
|Claude Debussy, arr. Linos Piano Trio – Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune|
|Paul Dukas, arr. Linos Piano Trio – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice|
|Maurice Ravel, arr. Linos Piano Trio – La Valse|