After writing the quartet “Walt’s Waltz”, which I posted here awhile back, I decided to do some more chamber music and was inspired to write a trio. However, the trio was for flute, oboe, and viola, and since I don’t own a viola sample, ( or a Strad which I could re-tune lower), this has turned out to be a duet at this point in time. ( although the viola part is written) I’ve decided to shelf this project until which time Gary comes out with a great sounding viola. But before doing so, I’d like to share it.
Since this piece isn’t really finished, I didn’t bother to correct the multitude of technical sins in this version. The reverb is…well…a mess, and I use two flute samples which aren’t in the same position, etc. And since I don’t have the viola playing, you would be hearing big gaps in the melodic line, so to provide continuity, I filled the viola part in with the flute and oboe. However, in the score, they really don’t play all the time …honest!
Just think, not a single chord in this whole piece. So, if you love intervals, this piece will be your Shangri-La.
The piece is called “The Trial”. It’s in three movements—The Defense, The Plaintive, The Verdict. I’ve posted the last two movements.
And no, I really mean “Plaintive”. The whole piece is really a Double Entendre in that the Trial refers to one’s coping with life, as in Trial and Tribulations. The Defense is just existing from day to day, defending yourself against outside forces and just surviving. The plaintive, is in fact, realization of your sadness about this and you start to think how and in what direction to change your life. The Verdict is, of course, the final decision on how you choose to live your life.
Heavy I know, so, go ahead and just think of it as a courtroom trial and except my misspelling of “Plaintiff”. Much easier that way.
Hope you enjoy the duet rendition of “The Trial” ---in mathematical form that would be 2/trio.
It’s now time to perform my sock roundup, to ferret out every renegade stocking that I’ve tossed here and there at night’s end---- in other words, laundry.