Flute-cello-piano (FCP) trios are relatively uncommon. Possibly the most frequently performed piece is Carl Maria von Weber’s Op. 63. But the FCP trio sonic palette is an interesting one, though, and the literature is more extensive than you might imagine.
For the person who emailed me asking about FCP trios, especially newer or less commonly-played ones, here is a list. I come up with more than 50. But probably I have missed some—I only spent an afternoon compiling this at home. I have not plowed through a conservatory’s library, only Google and the books listed in the links at the bottom of this post.
Beyond the ‘What to play for senior recital?’ question that led me to put up this list, there are surely other purposes and occasions where these pieces might receive more frequent performance and recording.
The Jean Françaix trio is one that I had never before heard, until taking up the CMT reader-emailer’s question. Have a listen:
[Jean Françaix, FCP Trio (1995), 8.1MB MP3 at ‘Piano-Mad’ website]
Not sure what to say about that one. It makes me feel dizzy to listen to it. How does it feel when performing it, I wonder? Does the room spin? The effect is striking...
- Meininger Trio
- Hinson M, Roberts W. The Piano in Chamber Ensemble. Indiana Univ, 2006. pp. 453ff
- Horne A. Woodwind Music of Black Composers. Greenwood, 1990.
- Houser R. Catalogue of Chamber Music for Woodwind Instruments. Da Capo, 1973.
- Secrist-Schmedes B. Wind Chamber Music. Indiana Univ, 1996.
- Voxman H, Merriman L. Woodwind Music Guide. Instrumentalist, 1982.