Trio for Violin, Cello, & Piano: Allegro

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick

Program Note

Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1993)
          I. Allegro
          II. Arietta
          III. Andante
          IV. Presto

The interaction of clearly defined rhythmic, melodic, and phrase/periodic contours are central to the Trio's translucent textures. A dance-like first movement, both witty and playful, engages the instruments in delicate motivic exchanges and conversations. The gentle Arietta, a lullaby for my first-born child, leads attacca to an introspective and reflective Andante. This sentimental movement unfolds through moments of utmost cantabile to passages of pressing urgency and reflection. The psychological pairing of the interior movements complements the close relationship of the outer two. The wit of the allegro turns into a spirited presto that couples instrumental virtuosity with an unrestrained exuberance. At its peak, a central motive from the Allegro returns and musically 'binds' movements I and IV together; a brilliant coda provides the final flurry.

I completed the Trio on the day that my wife and I were graced with the birth of our first child. I dedicate this performance to my daughter Natasza, in deepest thanksgiving and gratitude for all that she has brought to our lives.


Trio for Violin, Cello, & Piano