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String Trio

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Parts  

Violin, viola, cello

Duration (approx)   20 minutes
Composed   1996
Publisher   Music Haven
Commission  

Deal Festival

First performance   9th August 1996
Venue   St Clement's Church, Sandwich, Kent
Orchestra / Ensemble   Leopold String Trio
Movements  

1. Allegro
2. Variations: I. Animato II. Allegretto III. Andante IV. Allegro con spirito
V. moderato VI. Poco animato

Audio Samples

1st movement: opening pages  --  listen while viewing a score sample
2nd movement (var. I): opening pages  --  listen while viewing a score sample

Reviews

Colin Anderson, Classical Source

The best (and longest) piece was the 22-minute String Trio of James Francis Brown, a mix of Stravinsky neo-classicism, Beethovenian strength and Mozartian grace; a sonata-form movement followed by a set of variations. There's an appreciable craft and imagination to Brown's music and a warm communication that makes this work one to return to, and a wish to hear more of Brown's music.

Programme Notes

The String Trio is in two movements, the first of which is, loosely speaking, in sonata form with strongly contrasting subjects. Two main ideas dominate this movement. The first is quick and vigorous, whilst the second is more reflective and rhythmically free.

The second movement is a set of six variations. They are all strongly marked from each other in terms of tempo and figuration, and whilst first and last variations are perhaps optimistic in tone, the central variations, in particular the fourth, represent the darker aspects of the material. Beethoven's String Trio in C minor Op 9 No 3 with its grim energy and fantastic yet sombre colours was a powerful influence here, and I could not resist taking possession of a fragment from the first movement which seemed so akin in spirit to my own music at this point.

The String Trio was commissioned by the Deal Festival and first performed by the Leopold String Trio at the Deal Festival on 9 August 1996.

Score Samples

Click a score sample below to view a larger version of the score...

1st movement: opening pages

2nd movement (var. I): opening pages

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