Johann Albrechtsberger

Johann Albrechtsberger (1736-1809)

Nationality: Austrian
Born: February 3, 1736, Klosterneuburg Died: March 7, 1809, Vienna (age 73)

String Trio in F major, Op. 9, No. 3

(for violin, viola and cello)
5:49 I. Allegro moderato
5:10 II. Menuetto
5:42 III. Finale. Presto
Duration: 16 minutes (approximately)
Published: 1795 (age 58-59)
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I. Allegro moderato
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II. Menuetto
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III. Finale. Presto
From Edition Silvertrust

Johann Georg AlbrechtsbergerAlbrechtsberger's String Trio in F Major, Op.9 No.3 is the first of a set of six which were published in 1795 by Andre in Offenbach. However, not only from the early opus number but also and more importantly from the style, these trios most likely date from the late 1760s, just after the baroque trio sonata started to go out of fashion. The work opens with an engaging, Allegro Moderato. The middle movement, marked Menuetto, allegretto, is fairly extensive and a cross between the baroque and emerging classical eras. The finale is an exciting Presto.

Johann Georg Albrechtsberger (1736-1809) was born in the Austrian town of Klosterneuburg not far from Vienna. He studied organ at the famous Melk Abbey. Through diligent work, he became perhaps the leading expert of counterpoint in his time and as a result became one of the most sought after teachers in Europe. Among his many students were Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Ignaz Moscheles, Anton Reicha, Ferdinand Ries, Friedrich Kalkbrenner, Joseph Eybler and Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart. Besides teaching, he held several important posts as an organist, including to the Imperial Court in Vienna. Like most of his contemporaries, he was a prolific composer, writing numerous works for piano and organ as well as chamber music, including 28 known string trios. In addition, he wrote several influential theoretical works on harmony and counterpoint.

Our new edition, complete with rehearsal numbers, follows that of the 1795 Andre edition. This is a valuable work, not only historically, but also because it comes from one of the most important teachers and theorists of the time.

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