Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Piano Trio in B flat major, K.502
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Adagio D 879, “Notturno”
Petar Bergamo (1930 – )
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70 No. “Ghost”
Allegro vivace e con brio
Largo assai ed espressivo
Who knows what the European musical tradition would have looked like today if in the second half of the 18th century Vienna had not attracted a number of excellent musicians and made it possible for them to create music. What would Mozart’s operas sound like and would we even have Beethoven’s symphonies?
And what about piano trios? It was in Vienna that Mozart composed his excellent piano trios in which the cello part started gaining independence from the accompanying instrument role, while Beethoven and Schubert expanded the form to the extent not seen before. In Vienna, the piano trio started developing from house music for amateur musicians (very popular in aristocratic circles of Vienna) into concert music for three virtuosos.
This program traces the seemingly subtle, but significant steps in the development of the piano trio as a musical form, enthralling us once again with its main actors – Mozart’s lightness and joyfulness, Schubert’s deep simplicity and Beethoven’s spiritual strength.
But it also enthralls us with Petar Bergam’s rich imagination formed by his Mediterranean spirit; he had also spent a part of his life in Vienna.
What message are those nocturnal expressions sending, how much are they indebted to Beethoven’s ingenious inventions and how are they related to this distant evolution of the piano trio in Vienna?
Let us allow this Vienna Nocturne to awaken our imagination and daydream.