Friday, July 6, longtime Delos artist David Shifrin, will join cellist Fred Sherry and pianist J.P. Redmond in a world premiere performance of Delos composer Mark Abel‘s Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano (2017) presented by Chamber Music Northwest!
Mark Abel on his Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
My Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano is a piece of “absolute” music; the movement titles emerged spontaneously some months after the work’s completion in spring 2017.
That said, He Who Hesitates certainly symbolizes my inner struggle to complete a viable chamber composition after devoting many years to writing vocal music. Knowing Brahms’ wonderful Opus 114 since childhood was never an intimidating factor, but rather a cheerful reminder that here was a nearly unbeatable combination of instruments not exploited nearly as often as one might expect. This movement, nonetheless, was often prone to rejecting forward motion and wandering into thickets of musing – as if the instruments represented different aspects of personality losing the thread of what holds them together. Each time, someone (with a touch of annoyance on occasion) shows the way back to the path agreed upon at the outset. Unity is eventually established nine minutes in – later breaking into a confident strut. But the last measures’ slowing ostinatos signal that introversion will get the final word.… Full program notes on CMNW.org