Ernest Bloch

Nocturnes (3), for piano, violin & cello

    Description by Aaron Rabushka

    This work is a collection of three night-colored pieces for piano trio. Short ideas and statements predominate in the first movement, an Andante that begins with a low rolling piano figure, some exploratory string lines, and a dreamy idea in the piano's treble register. The music progresses in a whimsical and exploratory manner in a predominantly tonal environment in which the expected relationships between pitches are often blurred.

    The second movement, Andante quieto, begins with an expansive cello melody over a rocking piano figure and an independent yet supportive line in the piano's treble register. All three instruments expand the cello's opening melodic idea, often imitatively. The overall tone is soothing, although there is some dramatic concern that raises its head in the middle section, only to be quieted by the soothing, lullaby-like main theme.

    The third movement is marked Tempestoso. It begins lowdown on the piano, and the cello introduces a driving motivic idea that is soon taken up by violin. The piano comes in with a melodic idea in its treble register, and the music proceeds in its concerned, somewhat phantasmagorical mood, often with expansive lines in the strings and busy figures on the piano.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Andante
    2. Andante quieto
    3. Tempestoso

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Musiques Suisses 6290
    2017 CAvi-music AVI 8553345
    2015 Thorofon
    2015 Capriccio Records C 5221
    2012 MDG / Zebralution
    2010 Dal Segno 057
    2010 Claves 502912
    2010 Doremi Records 71112
    2009 Opening Day Recordings 9362
    2007 Azica Records 71240
    2005 Musicaphon 56872
    2003 Fleur De Son 57957
    1999 Albany Music Distribution TROY305
    1999 Simax 1147
    1998 Koch Discover International 920463
    Gamut Classics 536
    Excelcius 3717
    IBS 1014