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Allegretto in B flat major, WoO39
composer
June 1812; composed for Maximiliane Brentano

Recordings
'Beethoven: The Complete Music for Piano Trio' (CDS44471/4)
Beethoven: The Complete Music for Piano Trio
Buy by post £22.00 CDS44471/4  4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'Beethoven: The Complete Music for Piano Trio, Vol. 1' (CDA67327)
Beethoven: The Complete Music for Piano Trio, Vol. 1
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67327  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Details
Track 8 on CDA67327 [5'05]
Track 8 on CDS44471/4 CD1 [5'05] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Allegretto in B flat major, WoO39
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Beethoven composed the little Allegretto in B flat in June 1812 for ten-year-old Maximiliane, daughter of Antonie Brentano who is now the favourite candidate as the composer’s ‘Immortal Beloved’. This deliberately easy piece is a sonata movement in 6/8 ‘pastoral’ metre, wholly free of Beethoven’s trademark developmental tension yet full of gentle, guileless charm.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2003

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