Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Trio for flute, bassoon and piano, WoO 37 (1786)

I - Allegro; II - Adagio; III - Thema andante con variazioni

This joyful work is relatively unknown and was composed when Beethoven was just sixteen. The combination of flute, bassoon and piano provides an unusual variety of tone. Beethoven ensures that all three parts get equal importance throughout the work, and that all possible combinations of instruments are employed.

Even at this young age, Beethoven makes use of the wide range and sonorities provided by the early piano as demonstrated in the development of the first movement. The melancholy second movement provides a contrast to the lively outer movements. The piece is finished with a theme with eight variations which give each instrument a chance to demonstrate technical ability. DPS

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