Trio Vivace


Sylvie Leprohon, flute
Ivana Tomaskova, violin
Katherine Day, piano

Sunday 5in April, 2009 2 pm
Gisborne St, East Melbourne
Melways 2F Kl

Order of Program

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Trio Sonata in A minor WV 148
Allegretto Adagio Allegro Assai

German composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) composed the Trio in A minor in Berlin where he was working as a chamber musician at the Court of Frederick the Great. He already had established himself as one of Europe’s leading clavier players and much of his fame rested on his two volume set of keyboard sonatas. However, none of this keyboard virtuosity translates itself into this trio, with the violin and flute having the majority of melodic material.
The opening movement allegretto has an aristocratic, austere dance-like feel. The adagio is marked by a type of weeping, lachrymose theme reminiscent of Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater”. The trio finishes with a bright allegro assai with crisply articulated themes. The entire work is imbued with noble and elevated sentiments.

Jiri Matys – Poetic Movements
Poco Allegro Poco vivo Vivo

All his life, Jiri Matys (1927) has been active in the Czech musical life, principally as organist. Matys also held the position of Lecturer at the Department of Composition at the Janacek Academy of Arts and Music and of professor at the Brno Conservatory. With his music, Matys set out to grapple with feelings of present-day man and express moments of happiness or sorrow, nostalgia or hope. The majority of his compositions are for chamber groups where he explores great dynamic contrast and lyricism. Poetic movement was written in 1975.

Cesar Cui – Five pieces op. 56

Five pieces demonstrates strongly the qualities of Cesar Cui’s compositions. Each piece has a specific mood and shows Cui’s exquisite writing for small ensembles. His compositional strength lays in art song and chamber work where he expresses passion, grace and refined lyriscim. Cesar Cui is a Russian composer of French origin. This explains why he uses French titles for his chamber music and operatic works. . Badinage means “lively chattering” and Berceuse is a lullaby.


Philippe Gaubert – Medailles antiques(1916)
Nymphes a lafontaine-Dames

Philippe Gaubert (1879-1941) was one of the most prominent French musicians of the period between the two World Wars. As well as being a flute virtuoso, he worked as flute professor at the Paris Conservatoire and was conductor of the Paris Opera and the Societe des concerts. Medailles antiques (Antiques Medallions) was written in 1916. In the first part of the piece, Nymphes a la fontaine (Nymphs by the fountain), Gaubert displays a great use of colors and rhythms to give the effect of bubbling and swirling water. Later on a lyrical solo from the violin brings the nymphs to mind. The piece finishes with a lively and playful dance movement.

Elena Kats-Chernin – Wedding suite for flute and violin (five movements)
Soviet-born Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin wrote Wedding Suite in 1996. Her explanation of the origin of the suite is as follows:

 “I once received a wedding invitation from Laura and Thomas. As I could not attend, I decided to soften my decline with a wedding gift in the form of this little suie for the two of them.”

The happy couple gave a premiere of this suite at the 11th Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music (2000).

Bohuslav Martinu – Promenades
Poco allegro Adagio Scherzando Poco allegro
Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) was born in Policka, Bohemia but spent many years overseas. He emigrated to Paris in 1923 and later in 1940, he established himself in the USA to escape World War Two. In his music, Martinu expresses his love for his native homeland with rhythmic patterns based on folk music as well as beautifully expressive melodies.
Promenades was written in 1940 originally for harpsichord, flute and violin.