Classic Sunday – Chamber music: Beethoven and Schumann

Piano trios by Ludwig van Beethoven and Clara Schumann performed by musicians from the Oslo Philharmonic.



Ludwig van Beethoven Piano trio in B-flat Major, "Gassenhauer"
Clara Schumann Piano trio in G Minor, op. 17

Maria Angelika Carlsen, violin
Hans Josef Groh, cello
Alex Taylor, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770−1827) wrote his Piano Trio in B-flat major in 1797, and it was nicknamed "Gassenhauer". The third movement consists of nine variations on a melody by Joseph Weigl that was so popular that people hummed it everywhere in the streets. Gasse is German for street, and Gassenhauer is a slightly annoying hit song.

Clara Schumann (1819−1896) was one of the 19th century's most famous concert pianists, with a career that lasted for over 60 years. She began composing as a child, and wrote a piano concerto as a 14-year-old. She wrote her Piano Trio in G minor in 1846 and gave it as a gift to her husband Robert Schumann on their seven year wedding anniversary.


Chamber music has been an important part of the history of MUNCH right from the start in 1963. We continue this tradition at Bjørvika through our collaborations with the Oslo Philharmonic and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. Our Classic Sunday matinees present chamber music in many different formats, from the traditional classical canon to the cutting edge and experimental.