NCMA’s Lunchtime Series: The Aphra Trio
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Flute – Anna Maitland
Violin – Juliet Ayre
Cello – Lissa Cowie
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) – Sonata no. 1 in G Major BWV 1027
Allegro ma non tanto
Originally scored for viola da gamba and harpsichord, it is believed that this work was composed in Leipzig at some time in the late 1730s and early 1740s. It is written in the four-movement structure (slow-fast, slow-fast) of the Italian sonata da chiesa so fashionable at the time. The sonata opens with an Adagio containing expansive melodic gestures, yet not devoid of Bach’s signature calling card of complex and often rather intense contrapuntal dialogue. The two inner movements comprise a rollicking, fugal Allegro ma non tanto followed by a languid Andante. The last movement is both contrapuntal and dance-like in nature with its up-beat start to the phrases, reminiscent of a bourrée.
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) – Divertimento no. 1 in C Major hob 1V
This trio is one of four trios (usually catalogued as Hob. IV: 1-4) in London in 1794. Over the years they have become known as the ‘London trios’. They call for two flute (or violins) and a violoncello, and are simple yet beautiful in nature. This particular trio has three movements, Allegro moderato, Andante and Presto, in the familiar fast-slow-fast pattern common to most of Haydn’s trios.
Franz Joseph Haydn – Divertissement no. 2 in G Major op 100
Haydn’s six divertimentos for flute, violin, and cello were written in 1784 and are Haydn’s first pieces of chamber music to expressly call for the flute. Bubbly and cheerful, this work certainly lives up to the definition of a divertissement as a light piece of music usually performed as an interlude or reprise from something of heavier substance.
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1767) – Sonata no. 3 in D Minor Twv 42:d10
Almost completely self-taught in music, Telemann became a composer against his family’s wishes and eventually became one of the most celebrated and prolific composers of his day. His all-encompassing oeuvre comprises more than 3,000 compositions, half of which have been lost, and most of which have not been performed since the 18th century. This work is full of passion and vigour. Listen out for the Balkan folk-music flavour in the strong unison passages of the two upper instruments in the final movement.
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