Trio for Flute, Bassoon and Piano
By Allan Blank (b. 1925)
Score and Parts
Trio for Flute, Bassoon and Piano is in 4 movements. The overall charachter of the work is lytical and playful with touches of dramatic accents. The joining and separation of the two wind instruments, either with or against the piano, is a fundamental constructional feature of the work. In the first movement, a long melodic line is set off against shorter figures in the piano. This interaction generates the evolution of the movement. The second movement, marked Spirited, gradually realeases its energy and ends quietly. The piano introduces the slow third mevement and accompanies the flute for its long line followed by another long line for the bassoon. The final section brings all three instruments together with an underlying dialogue between the flute and bassoon. The fourth movement starts with a brief assertive gesture followed by a three measure figure, in the low regester of the piano, that is used somewhat as an ostinato. The idea is the source of many episodes to follow.