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Piano Trio No.43 in C major Hob.XV:27

Joseph Haydn (b. 1732 - d. 1809)

Composer
Joseph Haydn (b. 1732 - d. 1809)
Composition Year
1797
Work Movements
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Finale – Presto
Artists
Storioni Trio (Bart van de Roer [piano], Wouter Vossen [violin], Marc Vossen [cello]) [piano trio]

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

This Trio is the result of Haydn’s second visit to London in 1794-1795, in many ways the high point of his career. In both visits he was feted as never before, received by royalty and his works acclaimed by enthusiastic audiences. One of his London acquaintances was a young pianist of German birth but settled in London, Therese Jansen. She had studied with Clementi and was considered to have been one of his finest pupils. Haydn was witness at her wedding in May 1795. He wrote three piano trios for her as well as two piano sonatas and judging by these works she was clearly a considerable pianist.

We need to bear in mind that piano trios prior to the dramatic intervention of Beethoven’s Op.1 were described in contemporary editions as sonatas for pianoforte with accompaniments for a violin and violoncello. They were also written for an almost entirely amateur public consisting mostly of pianists and Haydn could see there was a substantial market for this music in England. So his London Trios are all written in a popular style which imported effects from folk and dance music to rub shoulders with the refinements of more learned styles.

The C major Trio has a weighty sonata form first movement with an adventurous development section which screws up the tension remorelessly before the release of the recapitulation. The bouyancy of the leaping opening theme and the cascades of notes that follow give us the impression that Therese Jansen must have been a bright and witty young lady. This is born out by the zanily humorous finale which demands a particularly alert player. The gentle and melodious Andante speaks for itself.

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Piano Trio No.43 in C major Hob.XV:27

Composer: Joseph Haydn (b. 1732 - d. 1809)
Performance date: Friday 3rd July 2009
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Joseph Haydn (b. 1732 - d. 1809)
Work Title Piano Trio No.43 in C major Hob.XV:27
Composition Year 1797
Work Movements 1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Finale – Presto
Artist(s) Storioni Trio (Bart van de Roer [piano], Wouter Vossen [violin], Marc Vossen [cello]) [piano trio]
Performance Date Friday 3rd July 2009
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Stars in the Afternoon
Duration 00:10:00
Recording Engineer Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Piano trio
Instrumentation pf, vn, vc
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

This Trio is the result of Haydn’s second visit to London in 1794-1795, in many ways the high point of his career. In both visits he was feted as never before, received by royalty and his works acclaimed by enthusiastic audiences. One of his London acquaintances was a young pianist of German birth but settled in London, Therese Jansen. She had studied with Clementi and was considered to have been one of his finest pupils. Haydn was witness at her wedding in May 1795. He wrote three piano trios for her as well as two piano sonatas and judging by these works she was clearly a considerable pianist.

We need to bear in mind that piano trios prior to the dramatic intervention of Beethoven’s Op.1 were described in contemporary editions as sonatas for pianoforte with accompaniments for a violin and violoncello. They were also written for an almost entirely amateur public consisting mostly of pianists and Haydn could see there was a substantial market for this music in England. So his London Trios are all written in a popular style which imported effects from folk and dance music to rub shoulders with the refinements of more learned styles.

The C major Trio has a weighty sonata form first movement with an adventurous development section which screws up the tension remorelessly before the release of the recapitulation. The bouyancy of the leaping opening theme and the cascades of notes that follow give us the impression that Therese Jansen must have been a bright and witty young lady. This is born out by the zanily humorous finale which demands a particularly alert player. The gentle and melodious Andante speaks for itself.