American Double was founded in 2001 by two Yale graduates with a vision of enriching their performances with works by composers of American heritage. They specialize in the music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, with whom they coached in preparation for their CD release “The Bolcom Project”.
"The Horn Trio for horn, violin, and piano is occasioned — I don’t want to write “inspired” — by the era we’re living in. So many of us feel desperation from the constant, gratuitous endangerment of our country and the world; I wrote the Trio to express this, hoping listeners might possibly feel less alone.
The heavy plodding rhythms of the first movement are supplanted by a hectic second, a portrait of our misfortune’s principal agent. The following slow movement contains a short moment of respite toward its end — a brief breakthrough of tonal sunshine in C major — and the finale is a resolute march of resistance." --William Bolcom
Bolcom wrote this work during the Clinton-Trump presidential election cycle and the thinly veiled references to our current POTUS bear witness to his sense of desperation at the vitriolic spirit of discourse that emerged during the election and has stayed until the present day