A program with folk music as inspiration: Frank Martin made a study of Irish folk melodies and wrote them down in his piano trio, Maurice Ravel liked to show his Basque background, and uses in his monumental piano trio the typical rhythm of the Basque dances. And in between, Chausson brings us into French-romantic atmospheres!
F. Martin (1890-1974) – Trio sur des mélodies populaires irlandaises (1925)
E. Chausson (1855-1899) – Piano trio in g, op. 3 (1875)
M. Ravel (1875-1937) – Piano trio in A (1914)
Is there such a thing as “women power”? The history of music is dominated by men, but the women we know always bring with them a special story. We focus on three of these women: the young Lili Boulanger was awarded the important composition prize Prix de Rome despite her illness, from which she died at the age of 24. The Amsterdam-based Henriette Bosmans is considered to be one of the most important composers of the beginning of the twentieth century and, despite having to shut down her work as a half-Jewish during the war, has meant a lot to Dutch classical music. Clara Schumann is perhaps the most famous woman in music history, in her time even better known than her husband Robert Schumann. Although she herself could describe her compositions as “too feminine”, she appeared to have a great influence on other (male) composers such as Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann, both as a pianist and composer.
L. Boulanger (1893-1918) – D’un matin printemps voor piano trio (1918)
H. Bosmans (1895-1952) – Piano trio in A (1921)
Clara Schumann (1819-1896) – Piano trio in g, op. 17 (1846)
Through two “giants”, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, we explore the Romanticism of the 19th century. Folklore and fantasy contributed to the romantic zeitgeist: it’s all about feeling, emotion and fantasy. We also hear this in music: storytelling becomes an important feature, literature becomes a source of inspiration (as Robert Schumann said: “I learned more about counterpoint from (novelist) Jean Paul than from anyone else”) . With these ears we want to listen to the music in this program: the Volkston in the folkloristic Vünf Stucke, the Sehnsucht in Brahms’ Intermezzo, the small stories in the Fantasiestücke for piano trio (at least as beautiful as the (much more famous) Fantasiestücke opus 73!), and as “main course” the majestic First piano trio of Johannes Brahms.
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) – Vünf Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) – Uit Fantasieën op. 116: no 4 – Intermezzo
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) – Fantasiestücke, Op. 88
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) –Piano trio no. 1 in B, op. 8
-from 2022- Program 4:
“Inspirations From Literature”
Throughout the centuries, music has had very close ties with literature. Some of these connections are very apparent, as seen in Janáček’s setting of Tolstoy’s novel, Kreutzer Sonata, and Schoenberg’s masterpiece Verklärte Nacht, based on a poem by Richard Dehmel. Beethoven’s Geistertrio, however, shares a connection that is significantly more subtle. The work’s second movement is said to have links to Shakespeare’s Macbeth. There are also rumours that suggest that the piece acquired its name from Czerny, claiming that the second movement recalls the spirit of Hamlet’s father.
In this program, the Chekhov Trio will bring to the stage these three distinctive, theatrical and dynamic works. While the Kreutzer Sonata and Verklärte Nacht are more commonly performed in their original formats, as string quartets and sextets, the trio will perform arrangements of these pieces for piano trio, providing a fresh perspective on these celebrated works.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)– Piano trio in D, opus 70 no. 1 “Geistertrio” (1795)
Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)-Kreutzer Sonata (arr. for piano trio)
Arnold Schönberg (1874-1851)-Verklärte Nacht (bew. voor piano trio door Erik Steuermann (1892-1964))
“Oh lovely Sally garden”, Chekhov trio in collaboration with Nine van Strien, alto.
In the 19th century, the desire for simplicity and the expression of feelings led to a revaluation of folk songs. Also many (classical) composers have been inspired by folk songs and put them to music. Beethoven has arranged more than 150 Scottish, Irish and Welsh folk songs for piano trio and vocals. Alto Nine van Strien and the Chekhov Trio will perform a number of gems from this collection. The program also includes a wealth of melodies by other composers, a.o. in compositions by Brahms and Britten.