Trio à cordes (1980) by Joël-François Durand
for violin, viola, and cello

In Joël-François Durand's String Trio (1982) the viola plays the role of mediator between the violin and the cello, radiating toward their timbre, their materials or the structures they embody. Durand varies, in the triangle of the ensemble, the distance that separates the viola from the other two instruments, by at times exposing direct links between them, at other times imitating one, isolating the other, or provoking their union.

— J.-F. D.    

[from program for December 9, 2002 concert]