Piano trio : piano trio
by Lachlan Skipworth (2015)
This Piano Trio is in three distinct movements all
sharing a link to the traditional shakuhachi piece Daha
(often translated as "pounding wave"), which I learned during my
time studying the instrument in Japan. This piece is unique for
its juxtaposing depictions of the ocean as a symbol of both
unwavering strength and of calm quietude. The opening movement is
a direct re-imagining of Daha, with the strident setting
of the original melody in sevenths and ninths combining with the
syncopated rhythmic material to conjure the forceful image of a
waves striking against rocks. These stronger gestures are
interspersed with more tranquil sections sustained by floating
The second movement seeks to embody ma, a sense of unmeasured yet proportional space common to many Japanese art forms. Unlike the first movement, the musical material is not directly linked to the piece Daha itself, but rather the musical aesthetics I learned through shakuhachi. The third and final movement grows quickly from the rising major seventh motive of the opening into a web of falling scales and later cluster harmony. The result is a restless forward momentum further invoking the spirit of Daha and the unrelenting power of the ocean.
Instrumentation: Piano, violin, cello.
Duration: 15 min.
First performance: at Concert 4 (Verbrugghen Hall) on 11 Apr 2015
Performances of this work
11 Apr 2015: at Concert 4 (Verbrugghen Hall).
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