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Eroica

My friend Sean Sexton paints huge, courageous still lifes in a little outbuilding on his cattle ranch in Florida. When I visited him in the spring of 2000, he was at work on a major painting, entitled "A Millennial Self-Portrait." He said I should be doing something similar. He said, "We're coming into our 50's now — it's time to do the big stuff!" He inspired me to return to a piece I had begun 20 years earlier as a cello-piano sonata, honoring my father's courage as he battled cancer. Then, I had been too young to realize my hopes for that piece. But in the summer of 2000 I recomposed the work, adding a violin and new themes. The subject matter of this trio is the courage of those who are afraid, who almost lose their way, but persist despite their fears and finally prevail. Thus the title, "Eroica."

  1. Sunny Days
    for violin,clarinet &piano;1994,rev.1996 [17:55 ]
    I.Moderato [4:52 ]
    II.Allegretto [5:12 ]
    III.Moderato [3:45 ]
    IV.Vivo [4:06 ]
  2. Convivial Suite
    for violin and cello;1999 [12:51 ]
    I.Fugue [2:20 ]
    II.Waltz [2:44 ]
    III.Blues [1:16 ]
    IV.March [2:05 ]
    V.Adagio [1:34 ]
    VI.Finale [2:52 ]
  3. Impressionist Suite #1
    for oboe,clarinet &bassoon;2000 [12:13 ]
    I.Monet:a seascape [2:01 ]
    II.Renoir:the play of colors [2:46 ]
    III.Manet:Spanish subjects [7:26 ]
  4. Eroica
    Piano Trio #5;2000 [27:54 ]
    I.Allegro [12:27 ]
    II.Adagio [5:38 ]
    III.Presto [9:49 ]

Total playing time [71:51 ]
©2001 Rick Sowash Publishing Co.

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Finally, there's Sowash's Fifth Piano Trio, called Eroica, the biggest and by a margin the most romantic and tempestuous work on the program. Here Sowash avoids clever chromatic turns or rhythmic twists and instead pours out his heartfelt emotion -- the trio is a tribute to, though it bravely refuses to be an elegy for, his father's heroic struggle with fatal illness.

Mark Lehman
from American Record Guide, May/June 2002


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