Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

Total duration ca. 12 minutes (1998)
Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).
Three movement work: "Allegro," "Adagio," and "Vivace."
30 pages, 8.5" x 11".

Premiered on November 8, 1998 in Los Angeles, CA.
by Bronwen Jones, clarinet; Marcy Vaj, violin
and Genevieve Lee, piano.

Recorded in August 1999 by Berkeley Price, clarinet;
Nancy Roth, violin and Deon Nielsen Price, piano.

Audio clip performed by Berkeley Price, clarinet;
Nancy Roth, violin and Deon Nielsen Price, piano.

Also related:

Flea Circus

Flea Circus is a one minute recording created from the third movement of "Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano": Vivace, recorded by the Price Trio. Created for the 2008 VoxNovus 60 x 60 Project.



View the first page and hear a music sample of any of the three movements:
1. Allegro
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2. Adagio
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3. Vivace
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Listen to Flea Circus

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Score and parts are available from Activist Music for $35.00 print; $18 digital.



Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano was composed at the suggestion of my dear friend, composer and clarinetist Bronwen Jones, whose wonderful encouragement of my music directly led to my ongoing delight in composing chamber works. This piece was composed using classical sonata form as a point of departure for a modern tonal and rhythmic palette, and each of the three movements evokes a distinctive mood.

The Allegro introduces a strong theme, first heard in the clarinet and then developed for all three instruments throughout the movement. A quiet piano entrance begins the Adagio, an unabashedly romantic gesture that gradually builds with a lyrical, ascending line. The third movement, Vivace, is a fun, raucous sort of gypsy dance that cavorts through bitonality and shifting meters and ends the entire Trio with a big grin.

"...sharply rendered..."

-------—Steven E. Ritter, American Record Guide Nov/Dec 2001

"...truly interesting and very lovely.."

-------— Jeff Gower, The Delius Festival Report, April 1999

Award winner in the Best Instrumental Music category
from the Composers Guild
and Best Performance category
from the Delius Association of Jacksonville, Florida.

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Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano is featured on the 2000 CD, Clariphonia: Music of the 20th Century on Clarinet, on Cambria Master Recordings 1125. Click CD for more info.
1. Allegro  
2. Adagio    
3. Vivace    
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