We hope you enjoyed getting to know the AYA Piano Trio through our first musical profile. If you missed it, you can find it under Competition Videos in the drop down Competition menu at the top of the page. Next up is the Colores Trio and we still have more to come. Come back often and enjoy the music. We look forward to seeing you in person next April.
They are featured here in a performance of Camille Saint-Saens’ stirring work, Danse Macabre. The piece celebrates the ghostly ritual in which Death calls on the dead to dance for him until dawn mandates their return to their graves. Saint-Saens originally composed this as an art song for voice and piano in 1872. By 1874, it had expanded to a tone poem for full orchestra with the voice replaced by a solo violin.
This presentation is a special arrangement provided by ensemble member Luca Staffelbach. While musically striking, it is also a visual treat as the nimble hands of the musicians literally dance across the marimba, much as the dead must have danced in the original tale. We hope you enjoy this special performance as much as we did.
Anne Moran, Competition Chair