Kirke Mechem


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piano trio
violin, cello and piano

Four Movements
Duration: 25 minutes
Premiere: March 10, 1960
Tressel-Claudio-Bogas Trio
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Recording: Not available
Publisher: Carl Fischer, New York

The piano trio was written in Vienna, Austria in 1956-7. The slow movement was composed at the time of the Hungarian uprising and is dedicated to the refugees.


American Arts Trio

1 Adagio, Allegro, Adagio

2 Scherzo

3 Lento (Magyaroknak, 1956)

4 Theme and Variations


“ . . . a commendable breadth of vision. . . . Actually there is a hearkening back to nervous Brahmsian rhythms in the scherzo, but beautifully tossed off in the midst of modern harmony.”

— Musical America Magazine

“ . . . vital and alive, with wonderful and complicated rhythms and considerable melodic beauty. It was obviously very interesting to play, and the enthusiasm of the performers communicated through the performance.” (American Arts Trio)

— Kent County News, West Virginia

“There was rugged, neo-Brahmsian breadth in a piano trio . . . carried its strength grandly, with impressive success.”

— San Francisco Examiner on an all-Mechem concert