Wilfrid d'Indy (1821-1891)

Nationality: French
Born: December 14, 1821, Valence Died: January 19, 1891 (age 69)

Piano Trio in G major, Op. 15

(for violin, cello and piano)
8:09 I. Allegro giusto
6:47 II. Andante sostenuto
5:45 III. Allegro moderato
Duration: 21 minutes (approximately)
Published: 1857 (age 35-36)
Dedication: Marquise de Fournes
From Edition Silvertrust

Wilfrid d’Indy (1821-1891) was born in the French town of Valence and was the uncle of the better known French composer Vincent d’Indy. From an old French noble family, Wilfrid, who became a count upon his father’s death, was intended for a military career but with his mother’s permission became a composer studying piano and composition with the Polish pianist and composer Anton de Kontski then resident in Paris. He composed mostly for the Opera Comique and even Rossini was said to have pronounced favorably on several of his works. But he also devoted himself to chamber music, of which he was quite fond. These were tailored for the tastes of the French salon concerts of the time..

His Piano Trio in G Major dates from the mid 1850’s and is an excellent example of the music which was popular at French salon concerts during the first part of the Second Empire. His trio was not intended to plum the depths of profundity but rather to give pleasure through attractive, light and gay melodies and with a touch of operatic drama. In the three movements, the work begins with a melodramatic and heroic sounding Allegro giusto. The middle movement, Andante sostenuto, is quite lyrical and evokes the opera, especially during the piano’s brief but lovely aria-like cadenza. The finale, Allegro moderato, is a naive, playful dance, light and sunny, full of fun. D’Indy’s publisher insisted on a viola part in lieu of the cello with a view of increasing sales and the composer was only too happy to comply.

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Vincent d'Indy (1851-1931)
Nationality: French
Born: March 27, 1851, Paris Died: December 2, 1931, Paris (age 80)