Piano trio
in memorium Dimitri Shostakovich

Colin Mack
Colin Mack
Composition Date: 2006
Genre: Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Trio (Violin / Cello / Keyboard)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Violoncello
Programme Note:
Piano Trio: In memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich (2006)

In August, 2005, the renowned Borodin Quartet presented the complete Shostakovich string quartet cycle at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. The concerts were a great success. Rare magic placed a receptive community under the spell of consummate artistry. This was the inspiration for the Trio, commemorating one of the masters of twentieth-century music on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Shostakovich’s music is coloured by his formidable survival skills, both personal and professional. The Trio recounts this immense struggle in a narrative of gradually diminishing in virulence. Movement one is in sonata form. The first theme, full of conflict contrasts with an hypnotic second theme. The development enters abruptly with a kind of instrumental argument. The middle movement proceeds solemnly, full of anguish but also infused with a strain of tenderness. The finale finds the instruments excitedly vying for attention, each driven by a life-affirming force.

Premiere Information:
17/03/2008, Maxwell's Bistro, Ottawa,Canada; New Music in New Places Laura Nerenberg violin Jan Jarvlepp cello Claudia Cashin-Mack piano


  • Call Number:
  • MI 3233 M153pi
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Trio (Violin / Cello / Keyboard)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 8, 2009
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (24 p.) + 2 parts ([12] p.) ; 28 cm.
    24 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 12
  • Additional Information:
  • Violin,cello,piano
    1)Allegro marcato con forza
    2)Adagio solenne
    3)Allegro vivace:moto perpetuo
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