I recently played Schubert trio n°2 and I'm looking for another piano trio.
The problem is that the pianist can't play pieces harder than Schubert's trio n°2 (and the pianist also had a lot of difficulties for playing the trio)
So, that means that Tchaïkovsky, Brahms and Mendelssohn trios are out of question.
I think these may be easier than the Schubert Eflat major:
- Beethoven op 70 n 1 ( ghost )
- Beethoven op 97 ( Archduke )
- Mozart trios
- Dvorak trio op 65 n°3
Is there any trio that you'll add/remove of this list?
Which trio on this list would you advice me to play?
Waiting impatiently for your answers!
I am not an expert in difficulty on piano. However, according to the pianist with whom I played Schubert no. 1, it is the easier one of the two.
In addition to Haydn op. 39 "Gypsy", look at Beethoven op. 11, it is delightful and not as difficult for the piano as either op. 70 trio. Like Albrecht says, op. 70 no. 2 is great, here are my kids playing the first movement last summer,
there are forty plus Haydn piano trios, most of them very good and playable.
Piano trios that are easy for the piano is almost an oxymoron, but probably there is quite a selection available from the many now-obscure composers from the classical period, who composed for the amateur market. I know this was a big thing back then, but I don't know any details. And, also another vote for Beethoven opus 1, let your pianist check that out, it is great fun to play and beautiful.
If you're looking for easy and not just less difficult, Frank Bridge wrote nine Miniatures for Piano Trio for a student of his and her sister. They are short and musically satisfying; the sheet music has to be ordered as three sets of three. These are effectively the B side of
I strongly recommend Beethoven's most lovely op. 70,2 in Eb Major. I think nowhere else he matches Franz Schubert as here. Very nice are also Beethoven's variations for Trio op. 121b
I'm often the pianist in this arrangement. The Haydn "Gypsy" trio is playable -- but if you're taking the last movement at it's traditionally fast tempo, that can be quite hard then. More generally playable, in my opinion, is the D Major trio, Hob XV:24. Again, it really depends on how blistering fast you need your prestos to be. The D Major trio is lovely too -- the last movement has that pretty counterpoint at the beginning in the piano. Also this trio is a LITTLE more interesting for the cellist than the Gypsy.
You might try Harold Haynes' book: Chamber Music Repertoire for Amateur Players. It has an indication of difficulty for each piece, and it includes a.o. piano trios.
As easy piano trios go, the Bridge miniatures are a good choice.
Thanks for your answers!
In general, for chamber music with piano, let the pianist take the lead in choosing repertoire. They have more notes, have to practice more, their part is frequently technically more difficult, and, skilled pianists that want to do this are uncommon.
Boccherini might be worth checking out