WSMR Quarterly Issue Reports - Q1 2020

Evening Masterwork: Beethoven’s Triple Concerto

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Triple Concerto in C Op. 56  by Ludwig van Beethoven

Evening Masterwork for November 15, 2019 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

What’s ironic about Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is that it isn’t actually a concerto at all: no real dialogue occurs between the orchestra and soloists, and the three soloists, on piano, violin, and cello, carry almost all of the musical material by themselves. Maybe this is why the Triple Concerto has more or less fallen out of the spotlight – it’s rarely programmed, and we don’t even know much about the background of the work.