Some Thoughts on Good and Evil for Violin, Cello, and Piano

2009 | Commissioned by Joan Margot Smith for the Claremont Trio | 17 minutes

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Some Thoughts on Good and Evil (2009) was commissioned by Joan Margot Smith for the Claremont Trio, and I would like to thank Joan and Emily, Julia, and Donna, for this honor and opportunity. Their generosity and thoughtfulness is fundamental to my work and inspiration.

The music of Some Thoughts on Good and Evil is an elaboration and expansion on musical materials and ideas I first developed in a setting of Langston Hughes’s Harlem written in 2009 (movement one of the trio), and two settings of William Blake’s The Tyger (prelude and song) written in 2008 (movements 2 and 3). With those two songs and prelude I try to consider, as Hughes’s and Blake’s words do, the emotional difficulty of understanding a world where there exists both good and evil and the complex emotions that such vulnerability evokes. With this piano trio I attempt to reflect further upon and to articulate an emotional argument considering this very human problem.

— Howard Frazin (2010)


Select Performances

  • WordSong Concert

    Gabriele Diaz, violin
    Rafael Popper Keizer, cello
    Elizabeth Schumann, piano
    St. Paul’s Church
    Brookline, MA
    June 29, 2014

  • Rockport Music

    Matthew Woodard, violin
    John Belk, cello
    Annie Jeong, piano
    Shalin Liu Performance Center
    Rockport, MA
    June 27, 2014

  • WordSong Concert

    Gabriele Diaz, violin
    Rafael Popper Keizer, cello
    Elizabeth Schumann, piano
    Goethe Institute
    Boston, MA
    June 27, 2014

  • WFMT’s Rushhour Concerts

    Live broadcast and worldwide livestream
    John Macfarlane, violin
    Brant Taylor, cello
    Winston Choi, piano
    June 17, 2014

  • Rushhour Concerts Summer Series

    John Macfarlane, violin
    Brant Taylor, cello
    Winston Choi, piano
    St. James Cathedral
    Chicago, IL
    June 17, 2014

  • Bard Conservatory Chamber Music Series

    Matthew Woodard, violin
    John Belk, cello
    Annie Jeong, piano
    Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
    May 3, 2014

  • The Westmoor Club

    Matthew Woodard, violin
    Pall Quinn Kalmansson, cello
    Deborah Emery, piano
    Nantucket, MA
    July 26, 2012

  • Dinosaur Annex

    Gabriela Diaz, violin
    David Russell, cello
    Hugh Hinton, piano
    Goethe Institute
    Boston, MA
    April 29, 2012

  • Dallas Chamber Music Concert Series (Premiere)

    The Claremont Trio
    Latino Cultural Center
    Dallas, TX
    February 8, 2010

  • WRR101 Dallas Chamber Music’s Spotlight on Chamber Music (Premiere)

    Broadcast and interview
    The Claremont Trio
    Dallas, TX
    January 29, 2010