Folksong Arrangements

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.

Viennese Trout

Ursula Ruppe, viola
Herbert Mayr, double bass

Together with members of the Vienna Philharmonic, the TrioVanBeethoven expands to a quintet - and not just any quintet, but probably the most famous of this genre - Franz Schubert's Trout Quintet.

TVB & Chris Pichler

“Immortal Beloved” - Beethoven and the women
Concept & Recitation: Chris Pichler
Music: TrioVanBeethoven: excerpts from the piano trios and piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven
This special Beethoven - evening not only shows the composer's musical highlights, but also the passionate man and unhappy lover behind them.
Letters were exchanged, but not the ring. A permanent relationship or even marriage was denied to him.
Nevertheless, he was allowed to give the women what they were willing to accept: his music.

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


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


„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.


„Ladies First“

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.


"TVB plays ABZ"

Anton Arensky: Trio in d minor op. 32
Leonard Bernstein: Piano Trio

Alexander Zemlinsky: Trio in d minor op. 3

The juxtaposition of the two late romantic trios of Arensky and Zemlinsky from the 1890s shows the diametrical directions in this musically highly exciting and contradictory time. Bernstein's Piano Trio, written at the age of 18 at Harvard University, is characterized by the alternation between tradition and free-tonal modernity, and thus represents an exemplary condensation of the above-mentioned contrast between Arensky and Zemlinsky.


„À la française“

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

Claude Debussy's late-romantic youth work and Maurice Ravel's formally neoclassical, but profoundly impressionistic masterpiece form the framework of this exciting programme!
Together with the two French masters, the trio of an “immigrant”, Ignaz Pleyel, who grew up in Ruppersthal in Lower Austria and was deeply revered in France not only as a composer but also for founding the famous Piano Manufactory Ignace Pleyel &


„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.


„Bohemian Rhapsody“

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

Beethoven's famous "Archduke Trio", dedicated to Archduke Rudolf, Archbishop of Olomouc in Moravia, and Dvořák's folk song "Evergreen" are combined with a virtuoso intermezzo by Martinu. 



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.


„Brahms complete“

Johannes Brahms: Trio in C major op. 87                                                                 
Johannes Brahms: Trio in c minor op. 101                                                              
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.


„Elective Affinities“

Clara Schumann: from the Trio in g minor op. 17                                                   
Robert  Schumann: Trio in d minor op. 63                                                              
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.


„Fin de siècle“ 

Claude Debussy: Trio in G major                                                                                                           
Alexander 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.


Vienna around 1900
 Egon Wellesz (1885-1974):
 Three Capriccios after pictures by Callot in Hofmann's "Prinzessin Brambilla" (composed 1902/03)
 Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942):
 Trio in d minor, op. 3 (composed 1896)
 Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957):
 Trio in D major, op.1 (composed 1910)

The three composers of this program group around the "central star" Arnold Schoenberg: Zemlinsky was Schoenberg's teacher, friend and later even brother-in-law, and Wellesz began his counterpoint studies as Schoenberg's private pupil. The "compositional prodigy" Korngold, on the other hand, was decisively promoted by Zemlinsky in his early compositions.
At the time of an impending musical turning point, the works oscillate between looking back and saying goodbye to Romanticism and, on the other hand, bold tonal designs for a possible future of modernism.