Trenton Quintet for Flute, Clarinet and Piano Trio
LKMP X652703/ HL 42106
"Pierrot Ensemble": Flute, B-flat Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano
The work for Pierrot Ensemble (Flute, Clarinet in Bb, Violin, Cello and Piano) is based on the musical material for the composer's comic opera "The Trenton Connection" (libretto by Anna Winslow). The opera is a fictional story spun around the Battle of Trenton of 1777 during the American Revolutionary War. Much of the musical language of the quintet (and the opera) is derived from early American music. Movements: I. Overture (Billings Fantasy)- setting the opening mood and historical context, the music is based on a hymn tune (PARIS) by the early American composer William Billings (1746-1800)- taken from his 1777 collection, "The New-England Psalm-Singer". II. Burgundy's Ode- takes its inspiration and material from one of the opera's significant characthers, the French poet Burgundy. III. Washington's Victory- is based on the material from the end of the opera: the Christmas Day celebration on Washington's victory at Trenton, with the popular Revolutionary War song "Yankee Doogle" used throughout. Written for and is dedicated to the AUROS Group for New Music.