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Piano Trio No. 3 (Brahms)

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The Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101, by Johannes Brahms is scored for piano, violin and cello, and was written in the summer of 1886 while Brahms was on vacation in Hofstetten, Switzerland. It was premiered on 20 December of that year by Brahms, violinist Jenő Hubay, and cellist David Popper.

Contents

The trio is in four movements:

  1. Allegro energico
  2. Presto non assai
  3. Andante grazioso
  4. Allegro molto

First movement

C minor, sonata form

Second movement

C minor, ternary form. This movement takes the form of an intermezzo, in place of the traditional scherzo and trio.

Third movement

C major, ternary form. This movement involves the use of alternating time signatures - 3/4 and 2/4, as well as 9/8 and 6/8.

Fourth movement

C minor, sonata form. Ends in C major.

References

Piano Trio No. 3 (Brahms) Wikipedia


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