Paul Schoenfield (b.
1947) is one of the premiere American composers of the late twentieth
and early twenty-first centuries. His "Café Music"
is representative of his output in its eclecticism and reliance on
popular musical idioms. Regarding the origins of his piano trio, Schoenfield
has written: "The idea of composing Café Music first came
to me in 1985 after sitting in one night for the pianist of the house
at Murray's Restaurant in Minneapolis. My intention was to write a
kind of high-class, dinner-music music which could be played at a
restaurant, but might also, just barely find its way into a concert