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Piano Trio No. 1 (Op. 8) in C Minor

Piano Trio No. 1 (Op. 8) in C minor for violin, violoncello and piano is a chamber composition by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. It was created as a student work in 1923 and its last 16 bars were completed later by Shostakovich's pupil, Boris Tishchenko. Alternative solutions have been provided by Leslie Howard and Borys Lyatoshynsky.

The work was originally entitled "Poème". All of the work's themes are derived from the opening chromatically longing motive. The music recalls a Romanticism that the composer would soon repudiate. The Trio is in a single movement containing a variety of tempos and musical characters. He dedicated it to Tatyana Glivenko. It was first performed by the composer and two of his friends. Standard duration is approximately 13 minutes.


The TME pleasantly presents this piece at the concert based on “Psalms” because “poem” is the common point between Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 1 and Psalms.

As defined in the Wikipedia, “poem” is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning. It is very interesting and important point that the book of Psalms is located in the centre of the entire book of Bible in the form of “poem”. Since the only theme of entire book of Bible including Psalms is “Jesus Christ”, TME concentrates on the fact that LORD Jesus Christ is described in the art form (poem) in the centre of the Bible. It clearly shows that Jesus Christ is the greatest art of GOD.

For that reason, Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 1, originally entitled "Poème was considerably programmed for the “Psalms, Psalms, Psalms” concert.


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