Hidden Agenda - Piano Trio No.2
- piano trio
- Mixed Chamber Ensemble
- Commissioned by the Winchester Chamber Music Festival with financial supportfrom the following friends of the festival:Jane and Roger AustinKeith BennettPeter and Irene CaseyChristine ChamberlainAlan CookTim and Maureen CoxRobert EardleyEileen GorrodSusan and John GouldAlfred W LesterRobert and Jillie Linn OttleyKate and Philip MorganJane PoulterVal PowisNatalie ShawTony and Andy StollerEleanor WaterhouseHilary and Colin WebsterLouise WoodsJohn and Jill YarnoldCaroline and Richard YorkAnd twenty five friends who prefer to remain anonymoustogether with Hinrichsen Foundation and Winchester City Council
- First Performance
- First two movements: 28.4.2017, Winchester Chamber Music Festival, Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, Hampshire, UK: London Bridge Trio Complete premiere: 4.5.2018, Winchester Chamber Music Festival, Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, Hampshire, UK: London Bridge Trio
Score and parts in preparation
- Programme Notes
IV. Coda. Calmo
My previous piano trio, written several years ago, was called Nowhere to Hide, whose title came from John Adams’ immediate response when I told him that I was writing a piano trio. So this sequel, which the London Bridge Trio proposed two years ago, seemed to demand a similar title, which at the time was a provisional one. I haven’t wanted to change it, although what the ‘hidden agenda’ is is still not entirely clear to me now that the work is complete – it relates, perhaps, more to the extended process of composition that to any underlying programmatic content. But it is certainly a better title than the prosaic alternative, ‘Piano Trio no 2’!
The first two movements, written and performed last year, consist of a declamatory and forceful introduction dominated by the piano, which gives way to a gentle sequence of descending chords with more lyrical writing for the strings, then a brief scherzo-like section leading back to a quiet reprise of the opening. In. the second movement, the piano’s similarly descending chords are decorated by muted flurries from the strings. The faster material from the first movement becomes both the basis for the third - whose marking ‘Scurrying’ says all that needs to be said – and, slowed down, for the final movement, which ends with a quite reflection on the opening of the work.