More Piano Trios
Posted by Peter on March 12, 2015, 11:47 pm
I'm going to find David Barker's Index of Piano Trios a most helpful resource. |
Might I slip David a couple more works by 'A' composers?
I haven't heard it, but it appears on IMSLP and seems an interesting work: Paul Hastings Allen (USA 1883-1952) Piano Trio in A major - ca.1910
Georg von Albrecht (Germany 1891-1976): Piano Trio, Op. 32 (1928) and recorded on Real Sound RS051-0125.
Daniel Asia (USA 1953-) Piano Trio (1996) and recorded on Summit DCD509
I'm also glad David tucks on at the end in a wishlist the three trios of Algernon Ashton, but they deserve explicit details:
No. 1 in E major, Op. 77 (1877)
No. 2 in A major, Op. 88 (1883)
No. 3 in B minor, Op. 123 (1901)
Does David know whether the scores exist and whether they're performable? Given the works of Ashton that we do know I'd urge every reader to batter on the doors of record companies to demand they be recorded. And recommend to piano trio ensembles to try out the works.
And finally, an issue of tiresome definitions. There are many works scored for violin, cello and piano - but it somehow doesn't seem quite right to refer to them as 'piano trios'. For example, and off the top of the head, Bloch's Three Nocturnes of 1924; Martinu's Bergerettes H275 of 1939; Adalbert Gyrowetz's Nocturnes ca.1800; Turina's Circulo Fantasy, Op. 91 of 1936. And a recent work performed and recorded by the Gould Trio - MacMillan's 14 Little Pieces for Piano Trio. Does that count as a piano trio?
I suppose it is folly to attempt to draw up some tight and exact criteria for something to count as a piano trio. I hope that in compiling his index David will be sensibly liberal, for, although not strictly piano trios, it would be regrettable if such examples were squeezed out of a comprehensive index.
And on definitions, does a piano trio need to be scored for violin, cello and piano? Before giving a 'yes' consider works like Bax's early Trio in One Movement (1906) which exists in two versions: clarinet, violin, and piano and violin, viola and piano. Or again Bartok's Contrasts - scored for violin, clarinet and piano. Would it be very wrong to exclude these from the category of piano trios? That would seem an arbitrary exclusion?
In contrast there are works scored for violin, cello and piano which are certainly not piano trios. For example, Beethoven's Variations on Ichbind der Schneider Kakado Op. 121a. Or, and a quite whacky example, Beethoven's own transcription of the second symphony for piano, violin and cello. I encountered a reference to that in the booklet written by Peter Sheppard Skaerved for the version of the Eroica symphony for piano quartet issued by Metier. That's an astonishing disc, and I wish he and his colleagues would take on the piano trio transcription of the second symphony in their 'Beethoven Explored' series of discs. But it sure isn't a piano trio despite being written for a piano trio!