By: Kari Kreiter
The Trio for Clarinet, Trombone and Piano is a work in three movements with a focus on intervallic relationships. With blurring of the tonal center, and often of the pulse, the work centers on intervals assigned to each instrument and how they interact in both linear and vertical manners. The harmonic material includes both a six-note pitch class set as well as an octatonic scale (with transpositons), all centered around the same pitch but refraining from resolution. Melodic and rhythmic motives are present throughout, in combination with new material. The third movement in particular contains augmented melodic lines over a continuously deconstructed piano part.