Over the centuries of its history the Piano Trio has gained a repertoire of exceptional size and richness, one which includes some of the greatest and most widely admired of all chamber works. This book, the first to be devoted solely to a study of genre, reviews the development of the trio in different countries, against the background of general musical history, showing how it has reflected changes in style and technique from Mozart and Haydn in the late
eighteenth century to the avant-garde composers of the present day. The author's survey focuses on the principal works in the trio repertoire, and his clear analytical descriptions are
illustrated by a number of musical examples. In parallel with this he gives particular consideration to the problems involved in scoring for the ensemble, and to the way in which the participating instruments were gradually developed in range and power from the earliest times of the genre.
`Not only the first book on the subject, but also the last word.'
Times Literary Supplement
`Smallman's judgments are neat, wise, and confidence-inspiring. The reader will enjoy the narrative, benefit from the scholarly, lively perceptions.'
Hi-Fi News & Record Review
`The book contains a large amount of information presented in a clear and readable style and admirably fulfils the author's declared aim "to create a unified picture of the genre's development".'
'Professor Smallman's pioneering survey of this important genre of chamber music provides a useful overview of some of the major contributions to the repertory and contains many helpful insights into particular works.'
Music & Letters
`fully worthy of its delightful genre...The reader will enjoy the narrative, benefit from the scholarly, lively perceptions - and look forward to renewing acquaintance with, or playing or hearing for the first time some hitherto under appreciated riches of the piano trio repertoire.'
Peter Branscombe, HI-FI News & Record Review
'concise yet elegant style ... The Clarendon Press has done an admirable job of producing the volume ... Smallman's discussions of the standard repertoire for piano trio are as delightful as they are innovative and perceptive. Smallman's contribution to the scholarly literature is a valuable one. The volume that he has produced is informative, functional, and worthy of a place in any serious music library.'
The Music Review