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How Vain is Man (' Judas Maccabseus ')
QCHUBERT'S Second Trio, one of the most popular of all chamber music works, is in four Movements.
The FIRST MOVEMENT is a vigorous, stirring piece.
The SECOND MOVEMENT starts in a steadily-moving, almost march-like fashion, but soon changes to a more flowing style. It works up to an emotional climax, in which Schubert writes pretty heavily for the Strings, and just near the end drops back into the style of the opening.
THIRD MOVEMENT. This is the Scherzo, a capital Movement, in which the Pianoforto starts a theme and the Strings copy it a bar later —in ' canon,' as it is called.
There is, of course, tho usual contrasting
' Trio ' in the middle of the Movement, and then the canonic portion is repeated.
FOURTH MOVEMENT. This has a dance-like first section, succeeded by a new idea in a different rhythm. The Movement is made up of these alternations-a packet of pleasing varieties. THE two Trios which Mendelssohn wrote for Piano, Violin and 'Cello do not rank among his most famous works, but they are admirable examples of his sincerity and tunefulness, and every Movement in them is put together with great accomplishment. There are four Movements in the D Minor
Trio (his Op. 49). The FIRST is suavely hurried, well marked in its three-beat rhythm and not concerned With any devices of prettiness.
A more tranquil and melodious SECOND MOVE
MENT follows, in four-square time. Then comes a Scherzo, a word that, to a musician, means larks. Mendelssohn's larking is cheerful, but he is careful not to offend againat the proprieties. LAST MOVEMENT. This opens with a rhythm that is seldom absent for long; it is tapped in chords or sung in melodies, now soft, now loud. This is the most characteristic of the four Movements.


Wilfred Hindle

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