Concert program Théodore GOUVY
Piano Trio no. 5
Sébastien Surel, violin
Sébastien Walnier, cello
Juliana Steinbach, piano
21 April 2013
Auditorium Noureev, Sainte- Geneviève-des-Bois (France)
23 April 2013 - 20.00Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venice (Italy)book
09 August 2013
Church of Saint Sylvestre de Cormeilles, (France)
11 August 2013
Church of Durbuy, (Belgium)
At the dawn of the nineteenth century in France, many trios were written with the possibility of performance by alternative instruments: for piano (or harpsichord), violin (or flute), cello (or bassoon). The keyboard was nevertheless still predominant.
Until around 1815, this repertoire, intended for the private use of amateur musicians, was rarely performed in public. It consists of works by composers who were French by birth or by adoption (Pleyel, for example), and ones by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. The genre flourished in Germany under the influence of virtuoso pianists, and Parisian artists regarded the trios of Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn as models of the genre. Thus, Onslow came to be known, largely because of his ten or so trios, as the "French Beethoven". The four-movement form became common, with brilliant piano parts that nevertheless left room for expressive lyricism from the strings.
While many authors (Chopin, David and Reber, for instance) had composed piano trios occasionally up till then, the founding of the Société Nationale de Musique in 1871 led to a flurry of such compositions, with Saint-Saëns, Dubois, Widor and Castillon, then Fauré, Debussy and Ravel turning to the genre. Among those trios, the five written between 1844 and 1860 by Théodore Gouvy pay tribute to the Germanic aesthetic, and especially to that of Mendelssohn.
In partenariato con Concerts de Midi de l'UCL, la Fondation Mercier, Musicales de Cormeilles en Pays d'Auge, il Festival Durbuyssimo, il Festival Musiques et Passions, la città di Sainte- Geneviève des Bois, il Bologna Festival e l'Académie de France à Rome – Villa Medici