I’ve wanted to write a piano trio for some time—it strikes me as one of the most mutable of the standard chamber music combinations, somewhere between the elegant homogeneity of a string quartet and the orchestral grandiosity of a piano quintet. The trio can actually do both things well, with a nimbleness and transparency all its own.
My Piano Trio is three large structures built with many similar repetitions of the same module. The result is piece so obsessed with its own material that it seemed to demand the generic title. In the first two movements, this obsession is interrogative, even aggressive; the structures are stress tests, seeing how much layering, counterpoint, rhythmic and harmonic distortion the music can be subjected to until it reaches a breaking point. The final movement is a more passive sort of obsession, unconsciously turning over the same idea until it transforms itself unbidden.
ListenTimo Andres: Piano Trio: 1. Music Against Itself Timo Andres: Piano Trio: 2. Muscle Memory (Scherzo) Timo Andres: Piano Trio: 3. Coda (made of wood)
recorded Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia, Highland Park, IL
performers Grace Clifford, violin; Gabriel Martins, cello; Janice Carissa, piano