“A Farm Picture” – Ananda Sukarlan


Ménage à Trois
a trio for flute, viola & piano (2016)

1. Scherzophrenia (for flute & viola only)
2. A Farm Picture (based on the short poem of Walt Whitman)
3. Spaghetti Western Revisited

commissioned by the International Chamber Music Competition Ecoparque de Trasmiera, Arnuero and performed at the opening of the XIV Edition, March 18th, 2016

Jaime Salas – flute, Jose Manuel Saiz – viola, Ananda Sukarlan, piano

This 8-minute suite is a commission from the Concurso de Musica de Camara Ecoparque Trasmiera of Arnuero, Cantabria, and we have the privilige of premiering it during the opening concert of the competition. I would like to provide the trio with something light, humorous and exciting rhythmically, since most of the works in this repertoire are in “serious” mood. I have written a very short piece many years ago for this formation, right after reading Walt Whitman ‘s “A Farm Picture” which is only 3 lines long. That poem was so atmospherically powerful that the music just popped up in my head. We played it last year as an encore, and when Antonio Margallo, the organizer of the competition commissioned me a piece for this year, I told him that A Farm Picture would be incorporated in this 3-movement suite. It becomes the second, or central movement of this so-called suite. Each of the movements could still be performed separately, if any trio of this formation would need an encore.


Through the ample open door of the peaceful country barn,
A sun-lit pasture field, with cattle and horses feeding;
And haze, and vista, and the far horizon, fading away
– (Walt Whitman)


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