Piano Trio No. 4: Angel Band

  • American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 633 W 155th St New York, NY, 10032 United States
Music from Copland House

Music from Copland House

The American Academy of Arts and Letters presents a concert of compositions by recent arecipients of awards from the Academy. Please contact the Academy directly at 212.222,6808 for admission to this private event. Click here to see the Academy's invitation.

The inspiration for this piano trio is the life story of Joyce Ritchie Strosahl, a violin prodigy whose childhood was spent during the Depression on the Troublesome Creek near the mining village of Hardburly in the back hills of Kentucky, youthful studies undertaken at the Cincinnati Conservatory and at Illinois Wesleyan, years as a young wife and mother spent in Alaska, and mature life pursued as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and prime force behind the idea and execution of The Seasons Performance Hall and Music Festival in Yakima, Washington. The composition's musical protagonist is embodied by the Angel Band tune. The work's emotional through-story begins with Youth, proceeds through Experience, and culminates in Old Age and is musically expressed by an evolving series of harmonic languages, musical styles, recurring motives, and especially, variations on the tune itself. 

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The second movement of the Piano Trio No. 4, perflormed by the Finisterra Piano Trio on Naxos Records.