Piano Trio (Chopin)

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The Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 8, is a composition in G minor by Frédéric Chopin, written in 1828 or 1829, and published in 1829, dedicated to Antoni Radziwiłł.


It has four movements:

  1. Allegro con fuoco
  2. Scherzo
  3. Adagio sostenuto
  4. Finale: Allegretto

A typical performance lasts approximately 25-27 minutes.

The piece has established itself as a core member of the piano trio repertoire. In a letter to his friend Tytus Woyciechowski dated 31 August 1830,[a]Chopin speculates whether he should have written the violin line for viola, believing that the viola's timbre would "accord better with the cello".[1] Emanuel Ax is of the opinion that it is perhaps fortunate that Chopin scored the work for a standard piano trio, since so few trios with viola exist.


  1. ^ Letter no. 63 in the new edition of Fryderyk Chopin’s Correspondence, edited by Zofia Helman, Zbigniew Skowron, and Hanna Wroblewska-Strauss, University of Warsaw, 2010
  1. ^ Rezaei 2010, p. 14

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