The Edgewood Piano Trio

The Edgewood was initially formed in 2011 with violinist Emily Carr, 'cellist Eric Johnson and pianist David Graves.  In 2013 Margaret Mathews replaced Ms. Carr and David Graves retired following an outstanding performance at the OSFL Musicians' Choice concert in 2015.  The trio took on its current form with the addition of Gwen Beckman shortly after David's retirement. 

David's interest in 20th century music and Eric's interest in obscure romantic works have produced an eclectic repertoire that we find both musically adventurous and a lot of fun (how else to describe Martinu's trios?)  The trio continues this tradition as we head into the 2017-2018 concert season.

Each concert combines one of the major works from the repertoire, such as those of Schubert, Beethoven or Brahms, with an undeservedly obscure composition.  The piano trios of Lalo, Foote, Raff and Clara Schumann are every bit as rewarding as those few that one regularly encounters in chamber music concerts.  We also choose a work that we play just for the fun of it.  This might be an arrangement for piano trio, such as Brahms' Hungarian Dances, quirky, like Martinu's Bergerettes, or light and tuneful as is Reinecke's Op. 159.

Each piece is introduced by the trio to give an insight into its structure, place it in its historical context, and give a background to a composer with which the audience may not be familiar.  Program notes from previous concerts can be accessed from the "Previous programs" tab above.

To hear a little more about the Edgewood Piano Trio and one of our recent concerts listen to this interview with Bill Snyder on WSKG public radio.

Interview with Bill Snyder on WSKG

Current repertoire

Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Opus 5
Arthur Foote (1853-1937)
Allegro con brio
Allegro vivace, Un poco meno Allegro, Allegro vivace
Adagio molto
Allegro comodo, Maestoso e sostenuto

Piano Trio No. 5, Opus 70, No. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Allegro vivace e con brio
Largo assai ed espressivo

Five Bergerettes for Piano Trio
Bohuslav Jan Martinů (1890–1959)

Piano Trio No. 1, Opus 7
Édouard Lalo (1823-1892)
Allegro Moderato
Romance:  Andante
Scherzo:  Allegretto
Final:  Recitative, Allegro

Piano Trio, Opus 112
Joachim Raff (1822-1882)
Rasch, froh bewegt
Sehr rasch
Mässig langsam
Rasch, durchaus belebt
Repertoire (continued)

Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Opus 1, No. 3
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Andante cantabile con Variazioni
Minuetto: Quasi Allegro
Finale: Prestissimo

Piano Trio, Opus 100, D 929
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Andante con moto, Un poco piu lento
Allegro moderato

Piano Trio, Opus 42
Niels W. Gade (1817-1890)
Allegro animato
Allegro molto vivace
Finale:  Allegro con fuoco

Piano Trio, Opus 2 (1890)
Josef Suk (1874-1935)

Piano Trio IV in C major, K. 548 (1788) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Andante Cantabile
Repertoire (continued)

Piano Trio in F Major, Opus 159, No. 3
Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)

Piano Trio In G minor, Opus 17
Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
IAllegro moderato
Scherzo, Trio