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My Trio for Violin, Alto Saxophone and Piano was written in 2007 for the Cleveland Duo (Stephen Warner, violin; Carolyn Gadiel Warner, piano, violin) & James Umble. (http://www.clevelandduo-umble.com), and premiered by them on a concert of the Cleveland Composers Guild. The Trio is about 12 minutes long. It is “about” the interval of the 6th and the extended Phrygian mode, but for those interested in more exoteric meanings, the movements have colorful titles:
- Closer Than They Appear was inspired by the warning on my car’s rear-view mirror. It’s a sonata-form movement that sounds a (very little) bit like something ominously breathing down your neck
- The Answered Question. A nod to Ives, of course, but here the answer to “life, the universe and everything” is “faith”. It’s a chorale with two variations, and leads without pause int
- Battlefield Dance. A loosey-goosey rondo that begins with wary determination, gets violent, and ends victoriously with 1st-movement material recast from E Phrygian into every alto saxophonist’s favorite key, E major.