FRANZ AND MATTHIAS BARTOLOMEY
Spotlight on the Cello
Beethoven’s first set of piano trios was a “best seller”, whereas his fourth cello sonata was “impossible to comprehend at first hearing”. But his Opus 11 trio was a “really catchy tune”.
Titanic masterpieces! Beethoven dedicated his Opus 1 to Prince Lichnowsky. His A major Sonata is a truly monumental composition, and his final Op. 97 Trio is his finest work in the form.
A template and a masterpiece: the amateur cellist Sylvester Paumgartner suggested to Schubert that he write a movement of variations on the song “Die Forelle” (the trout) – using the form of Hummel’s piano quintet as a template.