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A Brundibár birthday card for Eva Baierová, who played Aninka by František Zelenka (1904-1944)
Image supplied by the Jewish Museum in Prague
Track(s) taken from CDA67973
Recording details: February 2012
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: February 2013
Total duration: 11 minutes 50 seconds

String Trio
completed on 7 October 1944; the second movement theme is Ta Knezdubdks vez (The Spire of Knezdub)

Allegro  [2'05]
Molto vivace  [3'07]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In his music Klein united the two prevalent musical trends in Czechoslovakia at the time—the Viennese chromaticism of Schoenberg and Berg, and the national, folk-based style of Janácek. The String Trio belongs to the latter world and is in a classical three-movement structure.

The opening Allegro is a rhythmic perpetuum mobile with a scurrying first figure and a slightly slower, folk-like theme over a drone accompaniment. The slow movement, a theme and variations, forms the heart of the work. The theme is an elegiac Moravian folksong called Ta Knezdubská vez (‘The Spire of Knezdub’) with a strong dotted rhythm which Klein uses as a motif in several of the variations. After the presentation of the ten-bar theme, there are eight variations of contrasting moods and textures. Closing a satisfyingly symmetrical work, the short Molto vivace finale returns to a rhythmic, folk-like character, but with a strong contemporary edge.

from notes by Simon Broughton © 2013

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