COVID-19 Update

Despite the problems caused by the Corona-virus our Webshop and the contact forms on our website are fully available. You may also address your inquiries to Thank you for your understanding if our answer takes longer as usual because of the current restrictions. Your Universal Edition Team

Ian Wilson: Mais quand elle sourit...

  • Piano trio no. 1 (1993)
  • for violin, violoncello and piano
  • Duration: 14’
  • Instrumentation details:
    contrabass (optional instead of violoncello)
  • Composer: Ian Wilson
  • Dedication: pour ma femme, Judith
  • Commission: Commissioned by the Trio Sonata Concert, France with funds from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • Remarks: Also available in version for violin, double bass and piano

Work introduction

Mais quand elle sourit... began as a musical portrait of my wife, the intention being not to amplify specific characteristics but to take general contours from her personality and life and use these as a source of musical ideas. The resulting single-movement piece is in three main sections: The restless opening finds a resolution in the last part, while the more reflective central section is a song without words based on the poem i am a little church by e. e. cummings. The technical demands are perhaps more obvious in this work than in the others, although the language is straightforward; there is even a hint of Debussy near the end in homage to the French ensemble Trio Sonata Concert, who commissioned the piece.

Ian Wilson

Wilson’s first piano trio is a portrait of his wife; the music intends to delineate her personality and her life in music. It is divided into three parts; the middle one is a song without words, based on the poem “I am a little church” by e. e. cummings (1894-1962). Towards the end of the composition there is a short homage to Debussy – a thank-you to the French ensemble Trio Sonata Concert, which commissioned the piece.

World première

Salle Cortot, Paris (FR)
Trio Sonata Concert

Previously Viewed Works

No previously viewed works