Works Ensemble & Chamber Piano Trio (1937)
Bernstein composed his Piano Trio for piano, violin, and cello in 1937, while he was attending Harvard University. It was premiered in that year at Harvard by the Madison Trio, a student group comprising pianist Mildred Spiegel, violinist Dorothy Rosenberg and cellist Sarah Kruskall. Years later Bernstein reused some of the music from the Trio, for example, the opening of the second movement found new life in On the Town.
The Trio is written in three movements:
I. Adagio non troppo - Più mosso - Allegro vivace
II. Tempo di marcia
III. Largo - Allegro vivo et molto ritmico
Madison Trio, from left to right: Mildred Spiegel, Sarah Kruska, Dorothy Rosenberg