Instrumentation: Piano Trio
Duration: 4:45
Commission: Kandinsky Trio
Premiere: 1/26/13
Olin Theatre; Roanoke College
Roanoke, VA

Program Note:

Long Story Shortis a brief piano trio commissioned by and dedicated to the Kandinsky Trio on the occasion of their 25thAnniversary.  Music, whether specifically programmatic or not, as in this case, suggests narrative through gesture, dynamics, instrumental techniques, pace, tempo, and all of the myriad elements that contribute to the composition, its performance and experience. The title was inspired by the use of the term by a friend of mine who wants to give a pithy rendition of a narrative. The Kandinsky Trio asked for a piece that was inspired by or would comment on Faure’s Piano Quartet in C minor. There are references in both the motivic design and formal arc to this source. Long Story Shortis published by Wendigo Music. For more information, visit­–JS