Christmas Trio No. 3
Duration: 9 minutes. For violin, cello and piano. A fantasy in four contrasting "movements" useful as a church service prelude or on a seasonal recital program. Utilizes four German melodies, plus "Jingle Bells" motives threaded lightheartedly throughout. The opening "Ihr Kinderlein kommet" (O Come, Little Children) builds to a mixed meter climax. "Still, Still, Still" makes use of jazz keyboard voicings and an imitative countermelody. "Kling Glöckchen" (Ring, Little Bell) includes a Baroque fugato section and a Cassical sonatina passage. The work ends with the familiar "Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen" (Lo, How a Rose e'er Blooming).