Dimitri Shostakovich’s initials (D – S* – C – H) serve as the basic motif, which is introduced in a prologue with rigid diction. In the eight movements, this motif is projected onto very different musical characters, which often then have an additional contrasting insertion within these movements. These character pieces are freely chosen and owed to the musical environment in which I found myself during the composition of the trio.
* “S” refers to the German name “es” for E-flat, and the German note name “H” denotes the pitch B in English.
Commissioned by ABEGG Trio, 2006
©Verlag Neue Musik, Berlin
for piano trio (violin, violoncello, piano)
Michael Obst is a composer, pianist, and teacher. He began his successful composing career with electronic music and subsequently composed works for music theater, film and concert halls. His experience as a pianist with the Ensemble Modern, enriched his understanding of contemporary music. After 25 fulfilling years of teaching, he is now excited to once again concentrate on his own composition projects.