String Trio No.1 in G Major, Op.25
Adolphe Blanc (1828-1885) was born in the French town of Manosque. His musical talent was recognized early and he entered the Paris Conservatory at age 13 first taking a diploma in violin and then studying composition with the then famous composer Fromental Halevy. Although for a time, he served as a music director of a Parisian theater orchestra, he primarily devoted himself to composing and most of his works were for chamber ensembles. During his lifetime, these works were much appreciated by professionals and amateurs alike and in 1862 he won the prestigious Chartier Chamber Music Prize. Besides the fact that his works are pleasing and deserving of performance, Blanc's historical importance cannot be underestimated. He was one of the very few in France trying to interest the public, then with only ears for opera, in chamber music. He paved the way for the success of the next generation of French composers.
The Op.25 trio in G Major dates from 1850ís and is the first of three such works he would eventually compose. The trio is in four movements and opens with an Allegro which a stately opening theme which harks back to the classical era. The writing fluent and the melody flows easily. Next comes a Scherzo with trio. The scherzo is quite interesting with its off beat rhythm and use of appoggiaturas. The trio section is a lovely serenade with a strumming pizzicato accompaniment. The third movement, marked Fantasia, starts with a viola solo in which the first half of the theme, a folk melody, is stated. It is finished by the first violin. The entire second phrase is sung by the cello. It is a very loose set of variations, though not so marked. The cello openis the finale, Allegro moderato, with a theme which is subsequently dominated by a triplet figure which eventually plays an important role in the exciting conclusion to the trio.
We have reprinted the original 1850's edition, but have corrected mistakes and added rehearsal letters. This is a very worthwhile addition to the repertoire for trio ensembles. An effective choice for a concert program and fun to play at home.