Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)

Nationality: Austrian | Moravian
Born: May 29, 1897, Brünn, Austria-Hungary (Brno, Czech Republic) Died: November 29, 1957, Hollywood, CA (age 60)

Piano Trio in D major, Op. 1

(for violin, cello and piano)
10:02 I. Allegro non troppo, con espressione
6:56 II. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio. Viel langsamer, innig
6:09 III. Larghetto. Sehr langsam
7:59 IV. Finale. Allegro molto e energico
Duration: 32 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1909-1910 (age 12)
Premiere: November, 1910. Munich. Arnold Rosé (violin), Adolf Buxbaum (cello) Bruno Walter (piano)
Published: 1910, Vienna: Universal Edition (age 12-13)
Dedication: Meinem lieben Papa (Julius Korngold)
Note: Completed in April, 1910, 1 month before Korngold's 13th birthday.
7 recordings, 25 videos
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10:08
Göbel Trio
I. Allegro non troppo, con espressione
6:41
Göbel Trio
II. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio. Viel langsamer, innig
5:11
Göbel Trio
III. Larghetto. Sehr langsam
7:55
Göbel Trio
IV. Finale. Allegro molto e energico
10:58
Pacific Trio
I. Allegro non troppo, con espressione
7:31
Pacific Trio
II. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio. Viel langsamer, innig
7:12
Pacific Trio
III. Larghetto. Sehr langsam
8:14
Pacific Trio
IV. Finale. Allegro molto e energico
10:23
Beethoven Trio, Wien
I. Allegro non troppo, con espressione
7:01
Beethoven Trio, Wien
II. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio. Viel langsamer, innig
6:42
Beethoven Trio, Wien
III. Larghetto. Sehr langsam
8:01
Beethoven Trio, Wien
IV. Finale. Allegro molto e energico
10:35
Daniel Rowland, et. al.
I. Allegro non troppo, con espressione
7:03
Daniel Rowland, et. al.
II. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio. Viel langsamer, innig
7:18
Daniel Rowland, et. al.
III. Larghetto. Sehr langsam
8:09
Daniel Rowland, et. al.
IV. Finale. Allegro molto e energico
7:15
Pacific Art trio
I. Allegro non troppo, con espressione
6:20
Pacific Art trio
II. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio. Viel langsamer, innig
4:56
Pacific Art trio
III. Larghetto. Sehr langsam
7:54
Pacific Art trio
IV. Finale. Allegro molto e energico
31:41
Fidelio Trio (complete)
10:48
Fidelio Trio
I. Allegro non troppo, con espressione
6:59
Fidelio Trio
II. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio. Viel langsamer, innig
6:06
Fidelio Trio
III. Larghetto. Sehr langsam
7:35
Fidelio Trio
IV. Finale. Allegro molto e energico
From Edition Silvertrust

Erich Wolfgang Korngold "The publication in 1910 of the Piano Trio of the 13 year old Erich Korngold stunned the musical world. They wondered how a thirteen year old had such an astounding grasp of modern harmony.”

—The famous critic Wilhelm Altmann writing in his Handbook for Piano Trio Players.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) was born in the city Brünn then part of the Austrian Habsburg Empire, (today Brno in the Czech Republic). His father was a music critic and amateur musician. Given piano lessons as a boy he started composing at an early age. Mahler declared the boy a genius when he was only 9 years old and recommended he study with his own teacher Robert Fuchs. Later Korngold also studied with the prominent Viennese composers Alexander Zemlinsky and Hermann Graedner. He became world famous as an opera composer and later a film composer in Hollywood. Most of his chamber music was composed during the first part of his career.

Despite the fact that Korngold was only thirteen when his piano trio was published, his reputation as a musical genius was such in Vienna that it was premiered by three of city’s leading musicians—Arnold Arnold Rosé, concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the cellist Adolf Buxbaum and on piano was the Bruno Walter already a well-known conductor. The first movement, Allegro non troppo, opens with a suave theme given initially to the piano, before being taken over by violin and cello in an impulsive dialogue with the piano providing an animated accompaniment. This subsides into a more hesitant though no less expressive theme in which the three instruments are very much equal partners, a lively codetta then rounding off the exposition. Next comes a Scherzo, characterized by its lively rhythms which create dance-like subject. A second theme is calmer and more reflective. A trio section with its slow melody provides a fine contrast. The third movement, Larghetto, starts with the cello giving out a meditative theme over a sparse accompaniment in the piano. A powerful dramatic climax with tremolo marks the dramatic high point before the music fades softly away. The finale, Allegro molto e energico, opens with a driving subject in the strings. A second theme is more lyrical and flowing. The two themes alternate with each other each struggling to end the work.

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Nationality: Austrian
Born: October 14, 1871, Vienna Died: March 15, 1942, Larchmont, New York (age 70)