Poulenc Trio Program 2020-21

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Beethoven at 250

Trio, op. 11, “Gassenhauer” or
Trio in Eb, op. 38

Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with a selection of the composers rare works for piano and winds. The op. 11 “Gassenhauer” Trio is a delightful work that opens with an energetic lift, with a beautiful middle movement and a set of toe-tapping variations in the finale. The op. 38 Trio is Beethoven’s own arrangement of his septet for winds, and one of the composer’s most substantial chamber works for winds.


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Celebrating Walt Whitman

Three Etudes after Walt Whitman
Music and Poetry

The great American poet Walt Whitman was a great admirer of Beethoven’s music, and he wrote movingly of his experience listening to the composer’s septet (the basis for the op. 38 Trio).  This work, by composer Thomas Benjamin, commissioned for the Poulenc Trio, features readings of three famous Whitman works set to an engaging and elegiac score.


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World Premiere!

Explain Yourself!
Viet Cuong

A premiere work, commissioned for the Poulenc Trio with support from the prestigious Barlow Endowment. Viet Cuong’s boisterous new composition pays homage the the joyous, witty nature of many of Poulenc’s works. Written for trio plus guest clarinet, in 2020 the Poulenc Trio will tour with the composer, Cuong, as featured clarinet soloist.


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Poulenc Revisited

Trio (1926)

In 2020, the Poulenc Trio returns to its celebrated namesake, the delightful Trio by Francis Poulenc.  Brimming with zestful brio and élan, the three movement work from 1926 sounds as fresh and exciting as ever.  Presented with special onstage commentary from members of the Poulenc Trio.


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Tango and Blues: Chau Paris

Astor Piazzolla: Chau Paris
Paquito D’Rivera: Souvenir de la Havane
Duke Ellington: Music in Black and Tan

Just after the Poulenc Trio’s founding, the group worked with one of Piazzolla’s own favorite arrangers, Osvaldo Requena, to adapt this charming and dramatic work for winds.  Optionally paired with selections from Piazzolla (Oblivion, Otoño Porteño), Paquito D’Rivera (Afro, Danzón, Preludio y Merengue), and Duke Ellington (In a Sentimental Mood, Black and Tan Fantasy)


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Stravinsky’s Genius

Chamber Music
from Suites 1 & 2

Stravinsky originally composed this set of works and as piano miniatures, and later expanded them into a popular set of movements for small orchestra.  This version for piano and winds highlights an intimate aspect of the composer’s boundless creativity and his iconic musical imagination.


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Words, Heritage, and Identity

Yiddish Lexicon by Jakov Jakoulov
available with mixed media projection

The Poulenc Trio commissioned this stunning 10-movement work from the composer to celebrate the humor, heart and struggle of the Jewish experience. Each movement captures, in music, a word or saying from Yiddish, the historical language of the Ashkenazi people, dating back to the 9th century in Europe. A masterpiece of onomatopoetic musicality, Yiddish Lexicon simply shouldn’t be missed. Presented optionally with a projection of priceless original artworks, commissioned by the Poulenc Trio of artists from MICA, the Maryland Institute College of Art.


Sample Programs

1. Happy Birthday Beethoven

Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary, featuring two great Beethoven trios paired with works by artists inspired by the master.

Beethoven - Trio, op. 38
Benjamin - After Whitman
Intermission
Beethoven - Trio, op. 11
Glinka - Trio Pathétique


2. Explain Yourself!

A premiere work, commissioned for the Poulenc Trio with support from the prestigious Barlow Endowment. Viet Cuong’s boisterous new composition pays homage the the joyous, witty nature of many of Poulenc’s works. Written for trio plus guest clarinet, in 2020 the Poulenc Trio will tour with the composer, Cuong, as featured clarinet soloist.

Poulenc - Trio
Poulenc - Sonata for oboe and piano
Cuong - Explain Yourself
Intermission
Classical:
- Saint-Säens - Sonata for bassoon and piano
- Beethoven - Trio, Op. 11
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Lighter Side:
- Chau Paris Selection (Piazzolla, D’Rivera, Ellington, Gershwin)


3. Cultural Roots: Yiddish Lexicon and other Musical Traditions

An exploration of cultural heritage through great music, anchored by Yiddish Lexicon, a stunning work commissioned by the Poulenc Trio, which celebrates humor, heart and struggle through the lens of language. Presented optionally with a projection of original artworks, commissioned by the Poulenc Trio of artists from MICA, the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Poulenc - Trio
Jakoulov - Yiddish Lexicon
Stravinsky- Suites 1 & 2
Schnittke - Suite in the Old Style
Rossini - Semiramide