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List: Early Keyboard Trios
Johann Schobert

Johann Schobert (c.1734-1767)

Nationality: Silesian | Austrian | Polish
Born: c.1734, Silesia Died: August 28, 1767, Paris (age 32)

Sonata in F major, Op. 16, No. 4 (for harpsichord, violin and cello)

(for harpsichord, violin and cello)
6:32 I. Andante
3:40 II. Andante polonaise
3:18 III. Menuet - Trio
2:56 IV. Presto
Duration: 17 minutes (approximately)
Composed: before 1767 (age 32-33)
Note: Op. 16 for the Paris publication. Same as Op. 3 published by Hummel (Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel)
2 recordings, 8 videos
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7:24
Le Concerto Rococo: Jean-Patrice Brosse, Alice Piérot, Paul Carlioz
I. Andante
3:37
Le Concerto Rococo: Jean-Patrice Brosse, Alice Piérot, Paul Carlioz
II. Andante polonaise
3:26
Le Concerto Rococo: Jean-Patrice Brosse, Alice Piérot, Paul Carlioz
III. Menuet - Trio
3:30
Le Concerto Rococo: Jean-Patrice Brosse, Alice Piérot, Paul Carlioz
IV. Presto
5:39
La Fontegara
I. Andante
3:43
La Fontegara
II. Andante polonaise
3:10
La Fontegara
III. Menuet - Trio
2:22
La Fontegara
IV. Presto
From Edition Silvertrust

Not a great deal about Johann Schobert (circa 1720-1767) is known. He was born somewhere in Silesia, then part of the Austrian Habsburg Empire sometime around 1720. He pursued a career as a pianist and composer, primarily in Paris where he spent most of his life and died after eating some poisonous mushrooms. Contemporaries considered his compositions the equal to those of C.P.E. Bach. He came to the attention of music historians because of his intersection with the six year old Wolfgang Mozart whom he met while Wolfgang and his father Leopold were residing in that city. Schobert's music influenced the young Mozart to a considerable extent, so much so, that Mozart borrowed several movements from Schobert's piano sonatas for use in his own concertos.

The Piano Trio in F Major is the last of a set of four which were published in Paris in the early 1760's. They are rather interesting not only because they are a definite link between the older trio sonata and the modern piano trio, but also because Schobert's handling of the parts was rather advanced for the time. The work is in four movements. It begins with a stately, tuneful Andante and is followed by a Polonaise, also marked Andante, characterized by its heavy accented rhythm. Next comes a classical Menuetto with a lilting trio. The work is topped off with rousing finale, Presto.

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