Trio in One Movement for Violin, Viola & Piano, Op.4Arnold Bax's Trio in One Movement for Violin, Viola and Piano dates from 1906. The work came about at the request of the British viola virtuoso, Lionel Tertis. Bax, who was fond of Irish folk-music adds touches here and there, but it never dominates the work. Superbly written for all three instruments, it is clearly a work for players of considerable technical ability. Though only in one movement, it has several sections and is as long as a regular length standard trio.
Arnold Bax (1883-1953) was born in London. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Of independent means, he never needed to teach or conduct. He was a fine pianist but his main interests were composing music and poetry. His strong affinity for Ireland led him to spend considerable time in that country which influenced his outlook and music. The 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland and its brutal suppression, which included the execution of several of his friends, was to have a profound influence upon him. He is remembered mostly for his orchestral compositions but he wrote a great deal of chamber music. His music show many influences, perhaps the strongest of which is impressionism.
This is a real tour d'force, sure to bring the house down. One of the very best works for this combination.