Piano Trio No. 1 (Arensky)

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Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32, for violin, cello and piano is a Romantic chamber composition by the Russian composer Anton Arensky. It was written in 1894 and is in four movements:[1]

  1. Allegro moderato (in D minor and in sonata form) - unlike the agitated opening melody of the first movement from Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1, this piece opens gently and a bit elegiacally, setting an autumnal mood of the whole work. This movement features a coda marked "Adagio".
  2. Scherzo (Allegro molto) (in D major and in ternary form) - featuring flying notes and a waltz-like middle section mostly in B-flat major, this movement is cheerful throughout.
  3. Elegia (Adagio) (in G minor and in ternary form) - presenting no formal grief but memorial thoughts, this movement is deeply elegiac but not funeral, featuring a middle section mostly in G major.
  4. Finale (Allegro non troppo) (in D minor and in rondo form) - featuring a recollection of melody from the third and first movements, which is followed by a turbulent ending that restates the primary theme of this movement.

The trio is dedicated to the memory of Karl Davydov.

The composer made a very early recording of the trio on wax cylinders, with the violinist Jan Hřímalý, the cellist Anatoliy Brandukov, and himself at the piano. This recording was made shortly after its composition and is almost certainly its first recording, although it is not complete.[2][3]


  1. ^ See score and performance at IMSLP.
  2. ^ Wakin, Daniel J. "Classical Ghosts, Audible Once Again", New York Times, 24 October 2008. Retrieved on 2010-10-31.
  3. ^ Marston Records. "The Dawn of Recording: The Julius Block Cylinders", Retrieved on 2010-10-31.

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