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Piano Trio No.1, 'Het Achterhuis'

for piano trio

Year:  1988   ·  Duration:  37m

Year:  1988
Duration:  37m

Colin Decio
Composer

Composer:   Colin Decio

About

1st movement - is a struggle between piano and strings stretching at the seams with several pianistic ‘outbursts’. Anne’s spirit confined. Harmonics are poignant, intimate and personal. References to Shostakovich’s 2nd Trio are not unintentional. The music finally breaks out into snippets of ‘Jewish’ dance-like themes, combined with an unrelenting driving rhythm amidst which Anne’s childlike taunting-tune first makes a brief appearance. The movement relents and closes with unsettled low ‘C’s.

2nd movement scherzo a lively dance. The Jews express their suffering through movement. The last few notes of the Scherzo spell – DSCH.

3rd movement interlude – ‘dreams and cherished hopes arise within us’ – piano solo.

4th movement. A lament for cello and violin

5th movement passacaglia begins on piano. ‘Hammer blows’ ensue on the annexe door, Anne’s greatest fear - of discovery. Unable to contain itself any longer the violin begins to scream. A painful cadence closes the movement.

6th movement. Graceful pizzicato notes. The piano creeps in with an echo of earlier tunes. A change of gear and a tormented waltz. After a brief tutti moment the piano, given free reign, begins a manic cadenza stopping on the interval of an augmented fourth. Here we hear a major statement in C# minor - despair and grief. This is the emotional climax of the work.

The Coda begins with the Westertoren clock. Anne’s spirit floats away on high harmonics played on the violin.

-CD


Contents note


1. Het Achterhuis - the secret annexe
2. Scherzo
3. Interlude - 'dreams and cherished hopes arise within us'
4. Cello and violin solos
5. Passacaglia
6. Finale