Folksong Arrangements by Haydn and Beethoven

The arrangement of folk songs take up a surprisingly important place in the work of Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Between 1792 and 1804, Haydn wrote more than 400 arrangements (for soprano, tenor, violin, piano and cello) of Scottish and Welsh folk songs ordered by three Scottish publishers, William Napier, George Thomson and William Whyte. They are part of the period of Haydn’s late compositions, close in time to the oratorios “The Creation” and “The Seasons”, to the great masses and the last string quartets.

Beethoven - „Trio-logy“

Beethoven's complete Piano Trios in three concerts

Our namesake signifies for us not merely responsibility, but inspiration.

Beethoven's coming-out as composer, his very first serious compositions are the ground-breaking three trios opus 1, every one of which in symphony-length. Just arrived in Vienna, the young composer demonstrates that from this moment on new standards for chamber music will prevail.

Beethoven for Children

"The Wild Ludwig" - a tribute to the composer Ludwig van Beethoven for children of up to 10 years, and for many an adult as well

Performers: TrioVanBeethoven and Martin Schwanda, narrator

Further Programmes

On demand, all programmes will be presented by Clemens Zeilinger.

 

„Opus One“

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in E flat major op. 1/1                                                    
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Trio in D major op. 1 (1909/10)                                  
...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in G major op. 1/2                                                  

Two works of Beethoven's „opus one“- trilogy are presented jointly with E. W. Korngold's only piano trio, opus one, written at the age of thirteen and proof of Korngold's great genius.

 

„Pure classics”

Joseph Haydn: Trio in C major Hob. XV/21                                                              
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trio in B flat major KV 502                                            
...
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in B flat major op. 97, „Archduke - Trio“                        

Colleagues, teachers and pupils (as well as competitors?) – Vienna in the classical period

 

„Schubertiade“

Franz Schubert: Sonata movement in B flat major B-Dur D28                                                              
Franz Schubert: Trio in B flat major D898                                                                      
...
Franz Schubert: Trio in E flat major D929                                                                                
Franz Schubert: Notturno in E flat major D897

The presentation of all Schubert piano trios on one evening is breaking all borders. It offers the chance to completely immerse oneself into the world of Schubert's sounds and feelings.

 

„Elective Affinities“

Clara Schumann: from the Trio in g minor op. 17                                                   
Robert  Schumann: Trio in d minor op. 63                                                              
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Johannes Brahms: Trio in B major op. 8 (revised version)   

The title of Goethe's novel serves as headline for the romantic triangular relation between Clara, Robert and Johannes, whose music speaks to us this evening. In their compositions, on the one hand, musical parallels can be heard and experienced; on the other hand, there attracts the splendid individuality which the composers have conquered for themselves.

 

„Brahms complete“

Johannes Brahms: Trio in C major op. 87                                                                 
Johannes Brahms: Trio in c minor op. 101                                                              
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Johannes Brahms: Trio in B major op. 8 (revised version) 
                                          
To his permanent self-criticism, Brahms presumably sacrificed quite a number of his works. From his correspondence one learns that originally there existed more than three works for piano trio – but only the works mentioned above resisted his severe examination.

 

„Musical bewitchment“

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in D major op. 70/1, “Ghost - Trio“                                                   
Johanna Doderer (born 1969): Trio Nr. 2, DWV 52 (2008)                                                

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Trio in d minor op. 49 
                                                                
The successful Austrian composer Johanna Doderer, winner of the Ernst Krenek award for 2014, evokes as it were Haydn's spirit with her piano trio "Dedicated to Haydn". Beethoven, in the second part of his “Ghost - Trio“, opens up a sinister and unfathomable world of sounds. Mendelssohn, quite differently, in the famous scherzo of his trio in d minor stirs up, like a will o'-the-wisp, Shakespearean summernights spirits.

 

„Bohemian Rhapsody“

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in B flat major op. 97, „Archduke - Trio“                        
Bohuslav Martinu: Duo for violin and cello Nr. 1                                     
...
Antonín Dvořák: Trio in e minor op.90, „Dumky - Trio“ 

Beethoven's „Archduke - Trio”, dedicated to Archduke Rudolph, archbishop of Olomouc (Olmütz) in Moravia, is jointly presented with works of two Czech composers: Dvořák 's folk song - like “evergreen“ and Martinu's brilliant intermezzo.

 

„À la française“

Claude Debussy: Trio in g minor                                                                           
Ignaz Pleyel: Trio in B flat major, Ben 440                                                                     
...
Maurice Ravel: Trio in a minor

The two great impressionists jointly with an „immigrant“  to France,  who grew up in Lower Austria and was greatly admired in France as a master piano builder.

 

„The Russian soul"

Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio in c minor op. 8
Sergej Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque in g minor
Pjotr Iljitsch Tchaikowski: Pezzo élégiaque, 1st movement from the  piano trio in a minor, op. 50 

Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio in e minor op. 67

The soul is a „wide country“. In music as well as in literature, the depth of the Russian soul is often implored. In its search for the Russian soul, the TrioVanBeethoven performes compositions by Tchaikowski, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich, music reaching from melancholy elegy to biting sarcasm.

 

„Ladies Day“

Fanny Mendelssohn - Hensel: Trio in d-minor op. 11                                                       
Rebecca Clarke: Trio (1921)

Clara Schumann: Trio in g minor, op. 17  

In this programme, the TrioVanBeethoven dedicates itself to three outstanding women composers, part of the classic repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries.  All three of them share the will to create in opposition to many hindrances of familial or social origins.

 

„Fin de siècle“ 

Claude Debussy: Trio in G major                                                                                                           
Alexander von Zemlinsky: Trio in d minor op. 3                                                               

Johannes Brahms: Trio in B major op. 8 (revised version)  

The notion "fin de siècle" often refers to the transition into the multi-stylistic 20th century. In this programme, however, the TrioVanBeethoven is tracing the late 19th century, with composers as protagonists who later will serve either as leading examples, like Brahms or Debussy, or as fellow innovators like Zemlinsky, for the group around Schönberg and other currents of the 20th century. There will be works from the 1880ties and the 1890ties with deep roots in the romantic age. The seeds for the 20th century are not yet observable, views are longingly turned backwards.

 

„Transfigured Night“

Hans Werner Henze: Kammersonate for Piano Trio                                                         
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in D major op. 70/1 „Ghost - Trio“                            
...
Arnold Schönberg:  „Transfigured Night“ op. 4, arranged for piano trio by Eduard Steuermann   
                                                      
The works of this programme explore the dark colours of the night. In the second movement of Beethoven's „Ghost-Trio“, one listens to eerie figures and ghosts emerging from the nether world. In „Transfigured Night“, Schönberg, still in his tonal phase, sensitively explores the poetry of Richard Dehmel.