La Follia – revisit

On September 18, we rehearsed Vivaldi’s Trio Sonata in D-minor RV63 “La Folia” using a rearranged Bb (g minor) score for recorder, violin and cello. “La Folia” is one of the old European musical themes. There are 2 versions, the “later Folia” has a standard chord progression (i-V-i-VII / III-VII-[i or VI]-V / i-V-i-VII /…

Fall 2020 — Sept. through Dec.

Rehearsal :  October 23 Mozart K-254 3rd Movement — Rondeau: Tempo di menuetto.   The use of hemiola (duple within triple meter) is seen in the first movement.  The violin introduced the lyrical opening theme in the second movement. The piano and violin take turns to play the melody lines. The serene and beautiful second movement…

Fall 2020 — Sept. through Dec.

Rehearsal :  September 18 We resumed Friday regular rehearsal on 9/18/2020 after months of pandemic lockdown. Social distancing and mask wearing were maintained.  Mozart K-254 is the first piano trio he wrote. We practiced 1st mov. (Allegro assai) and 2nd mov. (Adagio). The piano was granted the central role with cello doubles the piano base…

We Tried to Rehearse During the Pandemic

Because of traveling, our Trio halted regular rehearsals since December 2019 but continue planning the repertoires. On February 28, we gathered and played Mendelssohn’s piano trio #1, 2nd mov. etc. Soon after, the rehearsals were interrupted again due to traveling, and we planned to restart in late April. Then, the Pandemic came suddenly, and we…

Study on Franz Schubert Piano Trio Op.100, 2nd movement

“The last Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 100, D.929, is a gigantic masterpiece that, with Beethoven’s Archduke, could be considered among the few greatest piano trios in the traditional repertory. It is gigantic in length and breadth, wealthy in thematic ideas, constant transformations and ingenious details of construction.” [https://www.earsense.org/chamber-music/Franz-Schubert-Piano-Trio-No-2-in-E-flat-major-Op-100-D-929/] I decided to use Schubert’s Trio…

Study on Clara Schumann Piano Trio Op. 17

“I once believed that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose—there has never yet been one able to do it. Should I expect to be the one?” – Clara Schumann, 1839 https://www.earsense.org/chamber-music/Clara-Wieck-Schumann-Piano-Trio-in-g-minor-Op-17/ The G minor Piano Trio is undoubtedly one of Clara Schumann’s best-known…