CHRISTOPHER CERRONE I Will Learn to Love a Person Much has been written about Generation Y, or “Millennials,” as they are more commonly known. This generation is tech-savvy, coming of age at the start of the internet boom, but also remembers a time when smartphones, Spotify, and AI were all but a fantasy. They are resilient but somewhat jaded, having lived through some of the most devastating crises in modern history—9/11, the Iraq War, the Great Recession, and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. This perfect storm of circumstances led Annie Lowrey of The Atlantic to dub them the “New Lost Generation” in April 2020.
FELIX MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49
“The master of all trios.” – Robert SchumannComposed in 1839, the D minor Piano Trio, Op.49 is a true masterpiece that reflects Felix Mendelssohn at the height of his creative prowess. The thirty-year-old was at the top of his profession, had championed the revival of Bach’s music and built a cultural empire in Leipzig, all while being happily married to his beloved wife, Cécile. Well-received at its 1840 premiere, German composer Robert Schumann praised the trio as “an exceedingly fine composition that, years hence, will still delight our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.” Schumann’s words are indeed true as the Mendelssohn D minor Piano Trio, Op.49 is one of the most popular trios in the canon. The Op.49 trio is an accessible piece for the listener. Although Mendelssohn composed this trio in a concertante style where one or more instruments are treated similar to a soloist, the piano seemingly plays a prominent role with its dense writing of keyboard virtuosity and extravagance. However, it is the active collaborative role of the violin and cello parts together with piano that highlights the trio as a masterpiece of chamber music. Schumann continued: “It need hardly be said that the Trio is not a piece just for the pianist; the other players also have to play their roles in lively fashion and can count on gaining satisfaction and appreciation. So may the new work be effective from all perspectives, as it should, and may it serve us as evidence of its creator’s artistic power, which now appears to be near its full bloom.”