Trio Giocondo for clarinet, violin, and piano was written at the request of the New York Chamber Artists who premiered the work at the Museum of the City of New York and performed it several times in the New York area soon after it was written in 1980.
The second movement is in a lazy 9/8 meter at the beginning and the music has a relaxed, rather contemplative character. A short bluesy motive passes from one instrument to the other. Toward the middle of the movement the meter changes to 2/4 and a more vigorous, dance-like idea appears which grows in energy. Soon, the flowing 9/8 meter returns and the movement ends as it began.
The last movement begins with a short piano cadenza followed by an energetic, cheerful section in which all three instruments participate, either in short solos, as various groups of pairs, or all three at the same time. Toward the end of the movement the violin interrupts with a much slower, sentimental idea, but the clarinet soon starts the return of the opening ideas and the other instruments join in and quickly move to an exuberant finish.
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