||Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano
- Section I
- L'istesso tempo, ma pesante e marcato
- Passacaglia (Lento, in memory of Gregor Piatigorsky)
- Section II
- Elegy on a theme by Ravel
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.
||1981-04-04 in Oak Park, Illinois|
Mirecourt Trio: Kenneth Goldsmith, violin ; Terry King, cello ; John Jensen, piano
|Average DurationAvg. Duration
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period
||violin, cello, piano
||Vivian Fine website
During the fall of 1980 Fine completed another commission, Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1980) for the Mirecourt Trio. She wrote a large, complex, and demanding piece of two movements that are divided into sections. The movements are about equal in length, making the design symmetrical, and having a formal plan of ABC AB’D. Movement one’s A section begins with a sixteenth-note canon between the violin and cello lasting nine measures. When composing the original line, Fine was careful not to repeat patterns, and a few places where she did are disguised with changes in phrasing. Similar to the opening of Teisho, the pitches from this original background texture are reused throughout the Trio. The B section presents “pesante e mercato” lines set in textures that repeat and recombine, while C is a passacaglia in memory of Gregor Piatigorsky, who died in 1976. The eight-measure passacaglia theme is repeated eight times in a series of growing complexities….The second movement’s A section begins with a piano texture derived from the Trio’s opening canon and uses similar material as the initial A, enhanced with rescoring, added counterpoints, and canons….[the final section] is an elegy on a theme by Ravel paralleling the earlier passacaglia.
- —Heidi Von Gunden, The Music of Vivian Fine, Scarecrow Press, 1999