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by Trio Nova Mundi

Piano trio repertoire inspired by song and the human voice--a quest for vocal nirvana. Works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Manuel Ponce, Juan Ramirez.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 5 Negro Melodies: 1. I Was Way Down Ayonder
3:30 $0.99
2. 5 Negro Melodies: 2. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
4:30 album only
3. 5 Negro Melodies: 3. Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?
1:10 $0.99
4. 5 Negro Melodies: 4. They Will Not Lend Me a Child
5:08 $0.99
5. 5 Negro Melodies: 5. My Lord Delivered Daniel
2:22 $0.99
6. Trio Romantico: 1. Allegro energico
12:06 album only
7. Trio Romantico: 2. Andante romantico
8:22 $0.99
8. Trio Romantico: 3. Scherzino - Vivace
5:40 $0.99
9. Trio Romantico: 4. Allegro moderato
7:31 $0.99
10. Suite Huasteca: 1. Sarabanda Huasteca
4:24 $0.99
11. Suite Huasteca: 2. Chacona Huasteca
4:22 $0.99
12. Suite Huasteca: 3. Huapango
6:36 album only
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Album Notes
kan-ti-kuh m] noun, plural cantica /ˈkæn tɪ kə/
1. part of an ancient Roman drama chanted or sung and accompanied by music.
2. song
3. passage in a comedy chanted or sung
4. sing-song voice
5. lampoon or libelous song
6. incantation or magic formula

Much of what we try to accomplish as instrumentalists is to achieve the lyricism, the nuance, the authenticity of the human voice. We strive towards “singing tone,” we take “breaths” between phrases, and we shape lines in a way that would seem only natural were we powering that line with our very lungs. And in truth we approach all music in this way, because that is simply good musicianship.

But now and again we instrumentalists stumble upon those gems in the repertoire; we find a perfect vehicle for striving towards vocal nirvana. And it’s often because the composer had the human voice in mind. In our collection the pieces themselves are either direct transcriptions from vocal repertoire, or were inspired by that genre. The Negro Spirituals are based upon the songs that brought immense camaraderie and respite to the enslaved people in America. The Trío Romántico draws heavily upon Ponce’s experience as a song-writer, with beautiful soaring lines in the strings, and a piano score that closely resembles vocal accompaniments, particularly in the first two movements. The Suite Hausteca explores tunes that not only provided a Latin-American backdrop for song, but also dance.

So join us—and let us sing you a song.

~Trio Nova Mundi

More about Trio Nova Mundi

The members of Trio Nova Mundi span the Americas in their musical training and heritage. The trio strives to embrace this heritage by showcasing the music and composers of the New World, in part by performing new or lesser-known works alongside the classics. Since its inception in 2001, the trio has appeared in concert and with regional orchestras in the US, Africa, Mexico, and Ecuador.

Highlights of the 2015-2016 season include recitals for both the Erie Chamber Orchestra and the Wheeling Symphony, as well as appearances at festivals in Frutillar (Chile), and Rhode Island. The trio's debut album Canticum was released in November, 2015.

Last season included the February 2015 world premiere of a Triple Concerto commissioned by the trio from Spanish-American composer Elisenda Fabregas. The trio will continue to champion this work in the upcoming season.

The trio launched the 2012-2013 season with a dynamic all-women ensemble including founding member Maureen Conlon Gutierrez (violin), Elisa Kohanski (cello), and Becky Billock (piano). Its members have appeared as soloists with orchestras across the US, coached with members of the Orion, Emerson, and Tokyo quartets, and performed in such venues as Royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York City, Schlossfestspiele in Heidelberg, Germany and the AIMS Opera Festival in Graz, Austria. Further honors include prizes in solo and chamber music competitions, numerous world premiere performances, extensive radio airplay in all major communities across the US, Canada, and Mexico, grants for both educational outreach and commissions of new works, and positive reviews in top musical publications including BBC Music Magazine, and Fanfare.

Trio Nova Mundi is committed to community outreach and the goal of bringing musical appreciation to younger audiences across the globe. In addition to performances in the US, the trio traveled to South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe in August/September 2013, and to Mexico in May 2014, where they concertized and engaged in educational outreach.

The members of Trio Nova Mundi serve on the faculty at Grove City College located in Western Pennsylvania, where their trio has been appointed the ensemble-in-residence.



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