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Neave Trio Gives Virtual Performance of Music by Women Composers - Schumann, Beach, Clarke, Higdon

“The Neave Trio gave a beautifully shaped performance…” – The Wall Street Journal

On Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:30pm PT, the Boston-based Neave Trio will give an online performance presented by the University of Idaho’s Auditorium Chamber Music Series. The program includes works by four women composers – Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke, and Jennifer Higdon – highlighting an ongoing theme in Neave’s programming: Her Voice. The concert was recorded at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where the trio is on faculty, and will be free and available to watch at or via Facebook Live at

Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17 is widely regarded as one of her best-known compositions. It was written after she endured a great personal loss and is full of heartfelt melodies and beautiful harmonies. You can hear her brilliant pianism, and arguably, musical inspiration that she provided to some of her famous male composer contemporaries.

Composed late in her career, Amy Beach’s Piano Trio, Op.150 incorporates lush, romantic melodies over a variety of textures, tones, and impressionistic colors. Of their 2019 Chandos recording of the work, The Strad praises, “The dreamy cello melody of the opening Allegro - luxuriously played by Mikhail Veselov - blooms into tender interplay between the strings. Violinist Anna Williams echoes Veselov’s delicate touch, underpinned by eminently sensitive pianism from Eri Nakamura. It’s a finely etched and persuasive performance…”

One of her most prominent pieces, Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio showcases her unique harmonic language, influenced by both the French and British styles of the early 20th century, as well as by folk music. According to Gramophone, the Neave Trio delivers “a taut and vivid interpretation” and is “sumptuously recorded.” 

Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio is comprised of two movements: “Pale Yellow” and “Fiery Red.” Of the work, Higdon writes, “The colors that I have chosen in both of the movement titles and in the music itself, reflect very different moods and energy levels, which I find fascinating, as it begs the question, can colors actually convey a mood?”

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