Trio Espressivo was composed during the fall of 2008 in Hampton, Virginia for flautist Julie Hobbs and her chamber trio (Tresillo). The work’s title comes from remembrances of the “expressive” performance style of Dr. Hobbs during her performances at the 2008 Southeastern Composers League Forum at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where Dr. Hobbs is a Professor of Music.
This work contains a wide range of “expressions” in a very undoctrinaire style–free of any “isms” that one might think of. Aspects of architectonic form, while somewhat traditional, are articulated with great freedom—with allowances for recapitulative gestures. The “expressive” aspects of the timbres of the flute, clarinet and piano receive exploitation in this work, with a projection of a variety of tense and calm gestures of tonal relations in a postmodern framework.
Harvey J. Stokes
Performed 3/6/09 by Marvin Western, clarinet, Lori Shipley, flute, Kathryn Parks, piano in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, Chowan University at the 2008 National Association of Composers USA National Conference.
Performed 5/5/09 by Tresillo (Nikolasa Tejero, clarinet, Julie Hobbs, flute, Tim Hinck, piano) in Lexington, Kentucky at the University of Kentucky.
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