String Trio (2008)
I. Dramatic, Shimmering 4'10"
II. Quiet, Hazy, Not Too Fast 4'09"
III. Raw, Relentless, fast 7'13"
String Trio (2008) was written for the American String Trio for a live broadcast premiere in Budapest on the Bartók 3 network of Hungarian National Radio. Its three movements have a traditional structure with an unintentional stylistic relationship to Bartók’s landmark string quartets, which was undoubtedly inspired by the future locale of the premiere.
The “dramatic and shimmering” trills of the opening movement are secretly discussed and pondered in the middle of the piece, followed by decisive, assertive action (“raw, relentless, fast”) exploited in the aggressive concluding movement.