Aubade for String Trio
Enescu (1881-1955) was a child prodigy on the violin and also the piano. He entered the Vienna Conservatory at age seven graduating at age 13. The next year he continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory. He became a violin virtuoso and famous teacher of the violin, but also devoted himself to composition. He is remembered today mostly for his two Romanian Rhapsodies for Orchestra, but he wrote in virtually every genre and produced a considerable amount of fine chamber music.
The Aubade was completed in 1899, was published three years later. An aubade is generally regarded as a love song, sung in the morning as lovers part. And this lovely music certainly is romantic with the lower voices, the cello in particular performing the role of a strumming guitar.
This is a very fine choice where a shorter work for concert is required or perhaps as an encore. Certainly it should not be missed by trio groups.