Solitude : for piano trio, after Mendelssohn's Song Without Words, Op.85, No.2
by Tom Henry (2009)
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It was a pleasure to be asked by the Freshwater Trio to celebrate Mendelssohn's life in 2009, the bicentennial celebration of his birth, by arranging one of his Songs without Words. This version of op.85, no. 2 for Piano Trio is slower and elongated, marked Moderato to the original Allegro agitato. Slowed down, the melancholy nature of this piece is magnified. If Mendelssohn's piece is an attempt to flee solitude, my arrangement is a calm and accepting meditation on it.
Instrumentation: Violin, cello, piano.
Duration: 5 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Freshwater Trio.
First performance: 1 Aug 09. The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
Performances of this work
1 Aug 09: The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
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