Beethoven Trio for Flute, Violin and Viola. Wednesday's Free ensemble Monterey Download

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Beethoven’s Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola, Op. 25, was most likely written in the years 1795-96. Little is known specifically about this piece, which exemplifies the extremely high degree of craftsmanship which Beethoven attained even in his very early years in Vienna. Our performance here dtes from March, 2009. The overall form is that of the the classical serenade or divertimento, and includes the traditional march-like movements at the beginning and end which once served as the player’s entry and exit music. Other movements include the obligatory minuet and theme and variations movements which were the typical fare of the era’s entertainment music. Vienna in the classical age was flooded with thousands of such works, which were mostly intended as one-off disposable music. Beethoven and Mozart composed liberally in this genera, but their works were imbued with such transcendent beauty and craft that they delight and elevate as much today as they did then. The Trio’s popularity in Beethoven’s time is attested to by the fact that the publisher, Hoffmeister, released subsequent arrangements for Flute and Piano, and for Flute, Violin and Harp. Download and enjoy!

Yours in music - John Anderson