Concerto for violin, cello and piano in C major, 'Triple Concerto'
Ludwig van Beethoven's Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56, more commonly known as the Triple Concerto, was composed in 1803 and later published in 1804 by Breitkopf & Härtel. The choice of the three solo instruments effectively makes this a concerto for piano trio, and it is the only concerto Beethoven ever completed for more than one solo instrument. A typical performance takes approximately thirty-seven minutes.
Beethoven's early biographer Anton Schindler claimed that the Triple Concerto was written for Beethoven's royal pupil, the Archduke Rudolf of Austria. The Archduke, who became an accomplished pianist and composer under Beethoven's tutelage, was only in his mid-teens at this time, and it seems plausible that Beethoven's strategy was to create a showy but relatively easy piano part that would be backed up by two more mature and skilled soloists. However, there is no record of Rudolf ever performing the work—it was not publicly premiered until 1808, at the summer "Augarten" concerts in Vienna—and when it came to be published, the concerto bore a dedication to a different patron: Prince Lobkowitz (Franz Joseph Maximilian Fürst von Lobkowitz).
Performances & Interviews
- Beethoven: Triple Concertohttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s5008.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s5008.jpg2012-05-03T19:17:00.000ZStephen Johnson explores Beethoven's Triple Concerto, Op. 56, a work which broke new ground with its combining of a piano trio with an orchestra.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/b01gvv72
Beethoven: Triple ConcertoStephen Johnson explores Beethoven's Triple Concerto, Op. 56, a work which broke new ground with its combining of a piano trio with an orchestra.
- Beethoven: Triple Concertohttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01snyh4.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01snyh4.jpg2014-07-11T14:42:00.000ZIn this Proms Music Guide, Stephen Johnson talks about Beethoven's Triple Concerto.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p022nk8m
Beethoven: Triple ConcertoIn this Proms Music Guide, Stephen Johnson talks about Beethoven's Triple Concerto.