In the mid-1980"s, my
music experienced a real softening. I had begun raising my family,
I was involved running the Arizona Composers Forum, and the Phoenix
Symphony had gone to full time status. It was a fairly happy time
in my life. I had stopped composing at the keyboard, or
improvising at the keyboard, in fact, I did not even own a keyboard
between 1984 and 1991.
My music, which was modal to
begin with, took on an almost ecclesiastical quality. The
homogeneous textures, crossing lines, and rather neutral rhythms add to
this sensation. I call it my Neo-Renaissance period. I also
extended the homogeneity to the structure, delineating clearly only the
large scale structure and concentrating the inner workings on the idea
of continuous flow. The causes the music to be experienced in
waves. The experience of the ocean has always provided me with
inspiration, dating back to my days growing up in the Pacific Northwest.
The Trio was written in the
summer of 1985, and was first performed at a concert of the Arizona
Composers Forum in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1987.