Piano Trios Nos. 5 - 6, Opus 70 (Beethoven)

related topics
{album, band, music}
{work, book, publish}
{rate, high, increase}
{game, team, player}

Opus 70 is a set of two Piano Trios by Ludwig van Beethoven, written for piano, violin, and cello. They were published in 1809.

The first, in D major, known as the Ghost, is one of his best known works in the genre (rivaled only by the Archduke Trio). The D major trio features themes found in the second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 2. The All-Music Guide states that "because of its strangely scored and undeniably eerie-sounding slow movement, it was dubbed the "Ghost" Trio. The name has stuck with the work ever since. The ghostly music may have had its roots in sketches for a Macbeth opera that Beethoven was contemplating at the time."

These pieces are representative of Beethoven's "Middle" stylistic period, which went from roughly 1803 to 1812, and which included many of his most famous works. Beethoven wrote the two piano trios while spending the summer of 1808 in Heiligenstadt, Vienna, where he had completed his Symphony No. 5 the previous summer. He wrote the two trios immediately after finishing his Sinfonia pastorale, Symphony No. 6. This was a period of uncertainty in Beethoven's life, in particular because he had no dependable source of income at the time.

After finishing the trios, in the fall of 1808, he began sketching the Choral Fantasy, the work considered to be the "first draft" of the last movement of the famous Symphony No. 9[citation needed].

Opus 70 No. 1 - Piano Trio No. 5 in D major "Ghost"

Opus 70 No. 2 - Piano Trio No. 6 in E-flat major

The second movement is in double variation form.

External links


Full article ▸

related documents
Red Sails in the Sunset (album)
Rob Watson
Constantin Silvestri
Melody (singer)
Pretty Tony
Paul Barbarin
Pat Mastelotto
State of Euphoria
First Date (song)
Robert Ross (singer)
The Graduate (soundtrack)
Rick Elias
Shirehorses
Mark Lawrence
Tiki Fulwood
Charlie Masso
She's So Unusual
Keith Morris
Calvin Simon
1,000 Hours
Stephen Kovacevich
Diesel and Dust
Polyphony
Miguel Cancel
So Far, So Good... So What!
Music critic
Alban Berg
Departure (Journey album)
The First Four Years
The Rock Show