Berkeley, L :: Trio

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  • Composer
    Berkeley, L
  • Instrumentation
    Flute, Oboe & Piano
  • Publisher
    Chester Music [CH80828]
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, pn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
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Trio

Berkeley, L

Trio for flute, oboe, and piana was composed by Lennox Berkeley for the Sylvan Trio in 1935.

"The Sylvan Trio was formed in 1929 by Sylvia Spencer, oboe, Millicent Silver, piano, and John Francis, the flautist for whom Berkeley composed his Flute Concerto, Op. 36. When Sylvia Spencer wrote to Berkeley in 1934, asking him for a trio, he replied: 'It seems rather an odd combination but I have no doubt that it can be made to sound well, and I think that a composer who knows his job ought to be able to write for any combination of instruments.' Berkeley was in London in 1935 to conduct the premiere of his Overture, Op. 8, at the Proms on October 1st. According to Sylvia Spencer's diary, he attended a Sylvan Trio rehearsal of the new piece on October 22nd. It was on this occasion that he reallocated the bars in the first movement from the right hand of the piano to the flute part.

The Sylvan Trio broadcast Lennox Berkeley's trio for the BBC on the British Empire Broadcasting Service in March 1936 under the title "Four Pieces: Prelude - Allegro moderato - Dance Number - Fugue". This was presumably the title of the trio, but the front page of the manuscript is now missing. Judging by the well-thumbed nature of the score, the Sylvan Trio played the work many times. The Trio was very active in the 1930s, broadcasting regularly and giving numerous concerts in music societies, concert halls, and schools. The manuscript survived a near direct hit during the war, because it was kept in John and Millicent Francis' music room in the basement of their London house. In 1945 John Francis and Millicent Silver formed the London Harpsichord Ensemble, which was invited to give a series of ten concerts in the 1950 Edinburgh Festival, to mark the bicentenary of the death of J.S. Bach. John Francis and members of the Ensemble also played in the English Opera Group, formed by Benjamin Britten in 1947. The trio was revived in a BBC broadcast with Sarah Francis in 1988 in a series of four programmes, devised by Peter Dickinson and produced by Paul Spicer, to the composer's 85th birthday." -Sarah Francis

  • Composer
    Berkeley, L
  • Instrumentation
    Flute, Oboe & Piano
  • Publisher
    Chester Music [CH80828]
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, pn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined
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