Simon Sargon :: Chamber Music :: Strings
"The Legacy" Trio (1993)
Horn/violin/piano. A four-movement work with its roots in the deep feelings surrounding the death of the composer's father in 1992. After the broad and expansive first movement, these conflicted feelings erupt in the unsettled middle movements. The third movement is the focus of the mourning with its funeral march-like quality. The intensity of expression in these movements is lessened by the lyrical phrases of the violin in the final moments of the third movement, clearing the way for feelings of acceptance and forgiveness in the quiet and peaceful theme and variations which conclude the work.

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Before the Ark (1987)
Violin/piano. A mystical, otherworldly piece beginning and ending with a motive evoking traditional Jewish prayer chant. The music gradually gathers strength, becoming increasingly emotional and expansive. As the piece concludes, the worshipper’s ecstasy fades and the earthly world returns.


Fantasy on "The Miller's Tears" (Dem Milner's Trern) (2007)
Clarinet/cello/piano. Variations on a famous melody by Warshavsky, the well-known Jewish composer of the 19th century. The piece includes Klezmer elements, as well as an evocation of the Shoah (Holocaust).

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Janus Variations (2001)
Violin/viola/cello/piano. A set of variations on an original theme. The original theme was composed when the composer was a teenager, but became the basis for a formal composition only after decades of musical education and experience. The title "Janus" is appropriate here because, in compositional and emotional terms, the work is both a looking forward and a looking back on the composer's life.

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Meditation (1992)
Cello/piano. A lyric and contemplative piece which creates a prayerful and serene atmosphere. Has been used to great effect in various religious services, as well as in concert settings.

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Reb Mendele (1991) (Violin/piano)
Violin/piano. The name of the Suite is derived from the name of the composer's maternal grandfather, Menachem Mendel, who came to New York from Russia with the great waves of Jewish migration in the 1880’s. In this work, Sargon evokes aspects of the world of East European Jewry with all of its piety, its celebrations, its warmth and closeness. The main melodic idea in the last movement is taken from a source book of authentic Russian-Jewish folk tunes.

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Sonatina for Violin and Piano (1986)
Violin/piano. Three brief movements, each one lean and concise. The last movement, Allegro Molto, demands technical control of spiccato.

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The Narrow Bridge (1999)
Viola/piano. Inspired by Rabbi Nachman of Bratislava's words: "The world is a narrow bridge, and the main thing is not to be afraid." The four movements of the piece can be understood as representing four approaches to dealing with the fears which threaten our contentment and enjoyment of life. Throughout the piece, the music reflects Rabbi Nachman's now-vanished world of Eastern-European Jewry. It may also be heard as a purely abstract instrumental composition which exploits the warm and intense sound of the viola for expressive and evocative purposes.

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Three Tangos (2008)
Cello/piano. Three different moods. The first is sensual, the second is tender, and the third is humorous and fanciful. The movements are unified by the tango rhythm.

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