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Beethoven Triple Concerto for piano, violin and cello in C major op. 56
Beethoven started working on this concerto in 1803. In 1804 he sends the manuscript to the Breitcopf and Hartel publishing house with the explicit note that it is something absolutely new. The first audition took place in the spring of 1808 and, despite the fact that the composer himself played the piano, the concerto had little success. Some considered the triple concerto more of a trio with orchestra. That is perhaps why it was later published as a trio.
Part I – Allegro – starts with the rendering of the thematic material by the orchestra and continues with the solo instruments, first the cello, then the violin and finally the piano. It’s interesting how Beethoven constructs the main musical theme starting with a given musical motif rendered by the cellos and double basses.
Part II – Largo – is very short but of great expressive richness as a page of Beethovenian creation of great inspiration. Here also the orchestra renders the thematic material, its role being much reduced.
Part III – Rondo alla Polacca – is introduced without a break, the passage being rendered through a sound insistently repeated by the cello. It has a joyful theme with sonorities specific to the Polish folklore, the popular accents being outlined also by the shifts from major to minor so typical for folkloric music.
Read more about Beethoven's Concertos
- Piano Concerto no. 1 in C major op. 15
- Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat major op. 19
- Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor op. 37
- Piano Concerto no. 4 in G major op. 58
- Piano Concerto no. 5 “Emperor” in E flat major op. 73
- Violin Concerto in D major op. 61
- Triple Concerto for piano, violin and cello in C major op. 56
Read more about Beethoven's music
- Beethoven Symphonies - Each of the nine Beethoven symphonies analyzed.
- Trios - General discussion regarding Beethoven's trios for various instruments and ensembles.
- Sonatas for Cello and Piano - Discussion about Beethoven's five cello and piano sonatas.
- Sonatas for Violin and Piano - Overview of Beethoven's ten sonatas for violin and piano.
- String Quartets - Brief analysis of Beethoven's seventeen string quartets.
- The Opera "Fidelio" - The background, subject and influences of Beethoven's only opera.
- The Concertos - Beethoven's five piano concertos, his violin concerto and triple concerto analyzed.
- The Overtures - Brief overview of some of the most important Beethoven overtures.