Trio to Give Chamber Music Concert on Sept. 24
18, 2000 -- On Sunday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in
Cabell Hall, U.Va.'s resident ensemble The Guild Trio opens the
McIntire Chamber Music Series with adramatic alternative to Foxfield.
The program centers around Bedrich Smetana's tragic and sorrowful
G minor trio, and includes the C minor trio of Brahms, and a trio
by Rebecca Clarke. Tickets are available through the Old Cabell
Hall Box office at 924-3984.
wrote this trio in 1855, a period of great unhappiness for him.
His private music school in Prague had failed financially, and the
eldest of his four daughters, Fritzi, became his third child to
die on Sept. 6, 1855. The trio was conceived as a work to pay homage
to the music all talented Fritzi, and also as an outlet for his
extreme grief. From the tragic chromaticism of the first movement
to the work's triumphant conclusion, Smetana describes a journey
from personal tragedy to are affirmation of life. "This is a deeply
personal work," says Guild violinist Janet Orenstein. "Whether you
are a listener or a performer, it takes hold of you with both its
grandeur and its intimacy. "While not biographical in the same way,
the Brahms is no less tragic in nature. Set in the terse and compact
style of his late writing, this trio wears many hats. It moves from
the epic first movement through an eeriescherzo and a warm hearted
lullaby to a grand finale, and is a work worthy of many listenings.
"The challenge of this piece is to capture the eloquent transitions
between its many moods," says cellist Brooks Whitehouse. "It is
drama distilled to its essence."
particular program features the passionate and evocative trio of
Rebecca Clarke. Clarke, a Brit who spent the second half of her
life in the states, stunned the early twentieth century music world
by placing second to renowned composer Ernst Bloch in a major composer's
competition. In the sexist world of turn-of-the-century composers,
it was a major achievement for a woman to place so highly. Join
the Guild Trio for this exiting season opener.
Marcy Day, (804) 924-6492.