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A pastel for Astor : for piano trio

by Stuart Greenbaum (2011)

Work Overview

This brief bon-bon was originally sketched in November 2000 as a belated homage to Argentine composer Ástor Piazzolla who died in 1992. Over a decade later I re-scored this version for piano trio at the invitation of Caroline Almonte and The Sutherland Trio.

Piazzolla eschewed the idea of the tortured composer: "I'm a happy guy". On this basis alone, he should be my hero. But I am, of course, also influenced by his music, for its pungent, original combination of tango and classical forms. Some of that is overtly present in this minor 'pastel' which may also be played alongside any of Piazzolla's works or perhaps performed as an encore.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: Violin, cello, piano.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Sutherland Trio

First performance: by Sutherland Trio — 3 Nov 11. The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre


Performances of this work

29 Mar 2021: at A Night at the Museum (Melbourne Museum). Featuring Sutherland Trio.

11 Oct 2015: at Sutherland Trio (Reardon Theatre). Featuring Sutherland Trio.

3 Nov 11: The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre. Featuring Sutherland Trio.

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