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String Trio

Instrumentation
vn,va,vc
Year
1968
Duration
15:00

Charles Wuorinen’s String Trio was written in 1967-68 for the Potomac String Trio, who first performed it in the National Gallery, Washington, D.C., 27 October 1968. It has been described by the composer as "a one movement work of slowly unfolding lines and ever-increasing drama, with an accelerating degree of complexity." At 16 and ½  minutes, it shows a raga-like development from a drone-accompanied opening on G through a zone of maximum complexity, finally coming to rest in a slowly pulsating variation of the opening material. The String Trio is a massive work, monumental in scale and design, and arguably the most substantial addition to the literature since the Schoenberg work, Op.45, of 1946.

-Howard Stokar

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