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Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

Concerto no. 3 in C minor for piano and orchestra op. 37, finished in 1800, clearly outlines Beethoven’s creative path, revealing works of great value and confirming the creative genius of the composer. The third piano concerto is the first one to use a minor key and the first one that clearly separates Beethoven from the classical music. In this concerto, the composer produced a more varied and dynamic work rich in the turbulent emotions for which he was becoming known. The piano style was suddenly less ornate, more muscular, as if he’d decided that he didn’t have to conform to established standards and had immediately set about challenging the capabilities of the then current instruments.

The piano concerto has three parts:

I. Allegro con brio

II. Largo

III. Rondo allegro

Part I – Allegro con brio – is constructed like a sonata and the themes, bringing a feeling of force and confidence, are first presented by the orchestra, with vigorous, masculine tonalities.

Excerpt from  Beethoven's Concerto No.3 op. 37, Part I

The second lyrical theme is in powerful contrast with the first one.

Excerpt from  Beethoven's Concerto No.3 op. 37, Part I

Part II – Largo – introduces a musical theme that expresses reposition and meditation

Part III – Rondo allegro – has a joyful and gracious theme, perfect for the closure of the opera.

Excerpt from  Beethoven's Concerto No.3 op. 37, Part I

The Piano Concerto No. 3 saw its debut three years after its completion on April 5th, 1803. The concert held on that day featured only Beethoven compositions. In addition to the new concerto, audiences would also hear the First and Second Symphonies and the oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives. It is known that Beethoven played the solo piano part from memory since he hadn’t managed to write it out entirely. He completed the solo part only a year later when his friend and student Ferdinand Ries had to play it.

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