Long Story Short

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

Program Note:
Long Story Short is a brief piano trio commissioned by 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 poet Barbara Goldberg when she is about to give a pithy rendition of a story. 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 of Long Story Short. –JS

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