Marilyn Bliss


Year: 1979

Duration (in minutes): 20'

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument trio, piano trio (vln, vc, pno), small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: cello, piano, violin

Publisher: American Composers Alliance

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Description: The Trio for violin, 'cello, and piano, commissioned and performed in 1979 by the Philadelphia Art Alliance, uses the framework of classic three-movement form (sonata-allegro, theme-and-variations, rondo) as its point of departure. These forms interact with the musical language, which sometimes upholds but often subverts them. Themes may intertwine, disintegrate, or reappear in a different movement, constantly challenging their subordination to form, while simultaneously deriving their meaning from it.

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