Classical Vienna (piano trio)
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A delightful collection of well-loved piano solos (and one song) by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven; arranged - with equal difficulty parts - for violin, cello and piano. Whether just for pleasure, or a public concert, or as GCSE/A-level ensembles, these pieces will be very useful, with the added bonus of having familiarity in another form. They would also make appealing encores for amateur or professional chamber musicians.
Haydn: 'She Never Told Her Love', Canzonetta; Finale from Piano Sonata in D, HOB XVI 37
Mozart: Alla Turca from Piano Sonata in A K331; Rondo from Piano Sonata in C, K545
Beethoven: Adagio Sostenuto from 'Moonlight' Sonata Op 27 no 2; Tempo di Menuetto from Piano Sonata in G op 49 no 2; Adagio from 'Pathétique' Sonata op 13
Level: Grades 6-7; Early Advanced / Advanced.
The piano, violin, and cello parts are all written at the same level of difficulty (Grade 6-7) making these particularly suitable for GCSE/A-level ensembles. The music is distributed judiciously across the three instruments and provides ensembles ample opportunities to refine their coordination and enjoy integrating their parts into a cohesive whole. An excellent addition to the chamber music repertoire at this level.
They are all beautifully constructed and should present no particular problems to pianists and string players around the grade 6-7 mark. This equality of technical challenge is a very positive thing. Litten has potentially solved one of the overriding difficulties faced in chamber music education when pianists are considered, and for this we should be extremely grateful.
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Romantic Vienna (piano trio)
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