One of my favorite Piano and . . . is the Piano Trio made up of not three pianos but of a piano, violin and cello. There is an abundance of music written for this ensemble as the range of these three instruments gives composers a lot with which to work. The piece I chose for listening this week is written by a contemporary American composer, Paul Schoenfield and is called Cafe Music. It was written in 1986 and in it you will hear jazz elements, beautiful lyricism (pretty melodies) and toe-tapping rhythm. Schoenfield was born in 1947 and has written music for piano, piano trio, violin and piano, piano concerto, and various other combinations of instruments. In his compositional style he is known for combining popular, folk and classical music. He currently is professor of composition at the University of Michigan. Happy listening!