Beethoven’s three Opus 1 piano trios, published in 1795, proved to be a “best seller”, and they covered his living expenses for a full year. In contrast, those who attended the premiere of his fourth cello sonata in 1815 found it rather irritating. It was said to be “impossible to comprehend at first hearing”. In contrast, his Opus 11 trio was a really catchy piece of music (or “Gassenhauer”). Originally composed as a clarinet trio, Beethoven was quick to adapt the clarinet part for violin, thereby ensuring it reached a wider audience and gained greater popularity.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN:
Piano trio in G Major op. 1/2
Sonata for Cello and piano Nr. 4 in C Major op. 102/1
Piano trio in B Flat Major op. 11, „Gassenhauer“