Piano Trio No. 3 (Brahms)

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Piano Trio in C minor
No. 3
by Johannes Brahms
Die Gartenlaube (1880) 221.jpg
The composer in 1880
Key C minor
Catalogue Op. 101
Composed 1886
Published 1887
Movements Four

The Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101, by Johannes Brahms is scored for piano, violin and cello, and was written in the summer of 1886 while Brahms was on vacation in Hofstetten, Switzerland. It was premiered on 20 December of that year by Brahms, violinist Jenő Hubay, and cellist David Popper.[1]

The trio is in four movements:

  1. Allegro energico
  2. Presto non assai
  3. Andante grazioso
  4. Allegro molto

First movement[edit]

C minor, sonata form

Second movement[edit]

C minor, ternary form. This movement takes the form of an intermezzo, in place of the traditional scherzo and trio.

Third movement[edit]

C major, ternary form. This movement involves the use of alternating time signatures: 3
and 2
, as well as 9
and 6

Fourth movement[edit]

C minor, sonata form. Ends in C major.


  1. ^ Clive, Brahms and His World:A Biographical Dictionary, p. xxvii, xxviii,xxix

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