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Piano Trio (Bernstein)

Leonard Bernstein's Piano Trio for piano, violin, and cello was written in 1937 while he was attending Harvard University as a student of Walter Piston. He was influenced by the conductor Dmitri Mitropoulos.[1] Several melodic ideas were recycled for use in later pieces. For example the opening of the second movement was used later by Bernstein in his first musical On the Town.


The Trio was premiered in 1937 at Harvard University by the Madison Trio: Mildred Spiegel, Dorothy Rosenberg, Sarah Kruskall.[2] It was published by Boosey & Hawkes.[3]


The Trio is written in three movements:

  • I. Adagio non troppo - PiĆ¹ mosso - Allegro vivace
  • II. Tempo di marcia
  • III. Largo - Allegro vivo et molto ritmico


In 2000, the Altenberg Trio's recording of this piano trio won the Edison Award in Amsterdam.[4]

External links

  • Lynn Chang about his experiences with Leonard Bernstein and his music, in particular Chang's many performances of Bernstein's Piano Trio, an early piece, unpublished during Bernstein's lifetime.


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