Trio

Steve Elcock

COMPOSER


String trio, op.8a & 8b

(op.8a for 2 violins and viola;

op.8b for violin, viola and cello)

playing time : 10'

This one movement work confronts two extremely different worlds: a violent, rhythmic motive first spat out by the violin, and a broken, almost useless fragment of chorale. To this unpromising material is added more flowing music which acts as a kind of mediator at two points in the piece. But there is to be no reconciliation: the violent music becomes ever more aggressive, turning into a drunken dance at one point, while the chorale fragment seems as if paralysed by fear, frozen almost to nothingness, then knocked out by the cruel ending.

 

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World premiere. St. Margaret Pattens Church in London on 1 March 2017. The performance is by the Veles Ensemble: Hartmut Richter, violin; Ralitsa Naydenova, viola; Evva Mizerska, cello.

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