Schubert Piano Trio #2 in E flat major
Schoenfield Piano Trio-Andante moderato
Piazzolla Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Steven Bjella, violin
Michael Andrews, cello
Rie Tanaka, piano
Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio #2 was one of the great Austrian Romantic composer’s last compositions, dated November 1827. The main theme of the second movement was used as one of the central musical themes in Stanley Kubrick's film, Barry Lyndon. It is supposedly based on a Swedish folk song. Paul Schoenfield (1947- ), a native of Detroit, began playing the piano at age six and wrote his first composition the following year. He is now on the faculty of the University of Michigan. “The idea to compose Café Music first came to me in 1985 after sitting in one night for the pianist at Murray’s Restaurant in Minneapolis. My intention was to write a kind of high-class dinner music — music which could be played at a restaurant, but might also (just barely) find its way into a concert hall. The work draws on early 20th century American, Viennese, light classical, gypsy, and Broadway styles are all represented. A paraphrase of a beautiful Chassidic melody is incorporated in the second movement."
Astor Piazzola (1921-1992) is one of the best known composers from Argentina. Piazzolla's nuevo tango was distinct from the traditional tango in its incorporation of elements of jazz, its use of extended harmonies and dissonance, its use of counterpoint, and its ventures into extended compositional forms. As Argentine psychoanalyst Carlos Kuri has pointed out, Piazzolla's fusion of tango with this wide range of other recognizable Western musical elements was so successful that it produced a new individual style transcending these influences.
This concert is free.