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Trio Suite
by Bruce Stark
violin, clarinet and piano
about 18 minutes
(piano score 48 pages)
Belle-Kane Publications
score and parts: $24.99 (US)

1. Almost A Tango 2. Remember When 3. Intoxicated Waltz 4. Twilight Serenade 5. Runner's Dream
Program Notes
Music is many things to many people. Among my compositions this work in particular ascribes to the credo that music is, above all, a song and a dance. The robust tango-like first movement and bluesy, tipsy waltz (movement three) provide the dances; a nostalgic and reflective duo for clarinet and piano (movement two) and an adagio for violin and piano (movement four) give us the songs. The last movement has a bit of both, as themes from previous movements are woven into a rhythmically propelled finale.

Commissioned, premiered and inspired by Trio La Plage of Tokyo in 2005, Trio Suite was composed with the intent of creating a work for the stage that the trio could program in a variety of settings, from school concerts to clubs to recital halls. A special thanks goes to the members (Chika Nagisa, piano; Chikako Kondo, clarinet; Misato Taguchi, violin) for their many helpful suggestions during rehearsals.
- Bruce Stark