Piano trio No. 1 in F : piano trio
by Derek Strahan (1987)
Also known as: Bicentennial Piano Trio
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This work was commissioned by The Sydney Ensemble to be performed on Australia Day (January 26) 1988, as a contribution to the Bicentenary celebrating 200 years of European settlement in the continent which became known as Australia, dated from Captain Cook's First Landing. It was performed at a Champagne Breakfast and later Lunch given in Centrepoint Tower, the highest vantage point in Sydney from which to observe the events staged on Sydney Harbour involving a spectacular sail past of many different kinds of sailing vessels. It was also recorded for broadcast on national radio by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and by Sydney's finest music station 2MBS, at a live performance during Oz Music Week. Even in 1988 I was aware that Australia Day rasies contentious issues. It is ironical that the European occupation of Australia coincides with the French Revolution, that first Europeans were brought to Australia in chains, and that these same Europeans and their masters immediately set out to enslave and debase the original inhabitants of the continent. What Australia Day should celebrate is the values of the 18th century Enlightenment - Freedom & Equality. It is those values I had in mind in writing this work.
Instrumentation: Piano, violin, cello.
Duration: 34 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.
Contents note: A 4-movement work in classical from. 1st Movt, Sonata Form - "Freedom" (in recap of 2nd subject "Click Go The Shears" is heard in counterpoint to main melody ; 2nd Movt. Scherzo in 9/8 time, Trio in 5/8 time - "Equality" ; 3rd Movt. Andante - "Love" ; 4th Movt. Rondo "Pursuit of Happiness"
Dedication note: Australia Day 1988
Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Ensemble.
First performance: by Sydney Ensemble — 26 Jan 88. Centrepoint Tower Restaurant, Sydney, at a champagne breakfast and lunch for Australia Day
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Performances of this work
26 Jan 88: Centrepoint Tower Restaurant, Sydney, at a champagne breakfast and lunch for Australia Day. Featuring Sydney Ensemble.
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