92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Rolf Schulte, violin / Richard O'Neill, viola / Fred Sherry, cello /
In planning to compose this string trio I realized that the viola had a more somber sound than the more brilliant violin and cello. While held like the violin, it is somewhat larger which forces the fingers that stop the strings to reach further for high notes. Therefore, I felt that I would make the viola have its own voice and be the most prominent member of the ensemble. The work is dedicated to Rolf Schulte, Richard O’Neill and Fred Sherry.
It was composed in May, 2011.
— Elliott Carter
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"...a dramatic and satisfying work."
— Charles Rosen, New York Review of Books