Beethoven's 'Piano Trio' premieres in Chicago

February 26, 2009 (CHICAGO) The piece, Piano Trio in E Flat Major, Hess 47, was first written by Beethoven as a string trio around 1792 and reworked into a piano trio between 1800 and 1805. He only completed the first movement and 43 measures of a second movement, so it was regarded as unfinished work. The 12-minute piece was published in 1920, but there is no record of a public performance.

Piano Trio will be performed on Sunday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Murphy Auditorium, 50 East Erie Street, by the International Beethoven Project.

The Beethoven Piano Trio is comprised of Chicago-based musicians pianist George Lepauw, cellist Wendy Warner and violinist Sang Mee Lee. They will also perform three other Beethoven trios. The performance will be broadcast live on a classical music radio station.

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