In the mid-1980″s, my music experienced a real softening. I had begun raising my family, I was involved with running the Arizona Composers Forum, and the Phoenix Symphony had gone to full-time status. It was a happy and fulfilling time in my life.
I no longer was using a keyboard for composing. 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. This 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.