This is my first Piano Trio.
It was written immediately after an emotionally
disturbing event, and while still very upset, I sat
down and wrote the first half of the first movement (in
five straight hours). It just flowed out of me. As a
result, this piece is unique compared to my other
It is a highly emotional piece of music, and some have
found the first movement to be quite terrifying (it's
not for the faint of heart). Warning. The first
movement is very dark.
The second movement, however, is a complete resolution
of the first movement. I know of one case where a case
of depression was cured after listening to the first
movement immediately followed by the second
The second movement should be played straight after the
first movement, with only a very small gap between
them. If the gap is too short or too long, it destroys
This piece begins with a long introduction: a duet
between the violin and cello that goes until the piano
enters at the introduction's climax (at just before the
two minute mark).
The climax of the entire first movement is at the
beginning of the recapitulation, which is also one of
the most explosive and powerful musical moments I've
ever written. Some people are quite literally blown
off their feet!
The second movement is also very emotional, yet also
The third & fourth movement move at a much faster clip.
The third movement (the Scherzo) is almost a dance (it
is very popular).
I'll try and put an mp3 of the second movement as my
additional mp3 below. (the first movement is the
Hope you enjoy, and please let me know what you
Also if anyone performs this; if you could send me a
recording of it I would be most appreciative. Thanks.