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Paris Piano Trio

 

  Paris Piano Trio

Paris Piano Trio

  • Discography
  • August 6, 2000 Program

    Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2 -
         IV. Finale: Presto
    Ernest Chausson: Trio in g minor, Op. 3-III. Assez lent
    Maurice Ravel: Trio in a minor

    Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
    Born in Paris in 1855 to a well-to-do family, composer Ernest Chausson came to music somewhat later in life. As a child he studied art and literature with his tutor, and attended many Parisian salons, where he was exposed to the music of the great Romantics - Schubert, Schumann, and Mendelssohn - but his first inclination was to pursue a career in literature or art. His family pressured him to pursue a more solid career, however, and Chausson, after obtaining first a bachelorís and then a doctoral degree in law, was sworn in as a barrister in 1877. He never practiced, however, and began, in that same year, to compose.

    Chausson entered the Paris Conservatory in the autumn of 1879 and began studying instrumentation with Jules Massenet and then Cesar Franck, whose mystical, richly-harmonic style was to have a formative influence on his music - in fact, Franck himself acknowledged that Chausson was his most prominent and promising students. Chausson was also heavily influenced by Wagnerís dramatic orchestrations and the use of leitmotifs, although he later advocated a "de-Wagnerization" of French music in favor of a more classical style. In his later years (he died prematurely at the age of 44 in a cycling accident) he sought to revive interest in classical forms, especially chamber music. Chaussonís passionate and complex Trio in g minor, Op. 3, written in 1882 when he was 27, reflects Chaussonís earlier fascination with Wagnerís romanticism.

     

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