Piano Trio No. 2 (Schumann)
- Sehr lebhaft
- Mit innigem Ausdruck - Lebhaft
- In mässiger Bewegung
- Nicht zu rasch
Schumann's first two piano trios were written in close succession, despite the large gap between their opus numbers. The second piano trio is more effervescent and cheerful in mood than the first trio – the composer himself said that it makes a "friendlier and more immediate impression" than its predecessor.
Schumann's genius is heard in the way in which the first movement's relatively peaceful second subject sounds new and fresh, despite being a rhythmically-altered version of the first subject. The development section contains a quotation the second number, "Intermezzo", from Liederkreis Op. 39. The intimately expressive second movement, in the key of D-flat major (the flattened submediant), opens with a sustained violin melody over an accompaniment consisting of cello and piano left hand in close strict canon. The waltz-like third movement, in B-flat minor, is also extensively built on canonic imitation. The material of the finale is largely built on the interplay between three contrasting elements in the first theme: a smoothly winding snatch of piano melody, a staccato answer in the cello, and a driving continuation in the violin.
- Keller, James. Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide (Oxford University Press: London 2014), p. 425.
- Donat, Mischa. Piano Trio No 2 in F major, Op 80 (Schumann) – from CDA30022 – Hyperion Records – CDs, MP3 and Lossless downloads
- Jensen, Eric Frederick. Schumann (Oxford University Press: London 2012), p. 279.
- Perry, Beate, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Schumann (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge 2007), p. 60
- Daverio, John. Crossing Paths: Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms (Oxford University Press: London 2002), p. 259.