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Beethoven and Schumann

Chamber Music with the LA Phil

Tue / May 7, 2024 - 8:00PM

Get the royal treatment with Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio and Schumann’s too-good-to-be-forgotten melodies.

About this Performance

Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio is one of the greatest achievements in the piano trio repertoire. Named after Archduke Rudolph of Austria, the piece boasts a lighthearted, yet stately presence with its sophisticated dance- and hymn-like movements. Beethoven’s D-major string trio—though overshadowed by his other later, “greater” hits—is serenely quiet and gentle but never lets go of its energetic imagination.

Robert Schumann found himself preoccupied with “constant quartet-ish thoughts” while writing the heavily Mozart and Beethoven-inspired String Quartet No. 3. It’s solemn then jaunty, and nonetheless a profound conversation among strings.

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