BTHVN2020 | Detmold: Mosaics I
If the piano trios of Haydn and Mozart still had a predominantly subordinate, social function and were characterized by the dominance of the piano part over the string parts, then the piano trio bore its first fruit as a genre with Beethoven. Beethoven’s piano trios are in no way inferior to his string quartets; all eleven are characterized by a great creative ambition and allow for a wonderfully crystallized view of the essence of the composer’s first two creative periods.
The first three trios were composed in 1795, only three years after the 25-year-old composer moved from Bonn to Vienna. Beethoven’s titling of these works with op. 1 illustrates the significance that the composer attributed to the piano trio genre. His final piano trio, the great Archduke Trio of 1811, was written in the same year as the 7th Symphony, three years before the end of his second creative period. Beethoven sets entirely new standards with his piano trios right from the start, making it both wise and necessary to divide the genre into "before Beethoven" and "after Beethoven".
Artistic Director: Prof. Alexander Gebert
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