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Beethoven's Concertos

Towards the end of the 19th century, the concerto genre had reached a flourishing stage after Mozart had thoroughly contributed to the foundation of the genre. In the first concerts, as well as in the other genres (symphonies, sonatas, quartets) Mozart’ and Haydn’s influence is evident. The characteristics of Beethoven’s sensibility were to become evident starting with his third piano concerto. In the following concerts a new relation is established between the piano as unaccompanied instrument and the orchestra that covers a greater role, not being reduced to the simple function of accompanying the soloist.


  1. Piano Concerto no. 1 in C major op. 15
  2. Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat major op. 19
  3. Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor op. 37
  4. Piano Concerto no. 4 in G major op. 58
  5. Piano Concerto no. 5 “Emperor” in E flat major op. 73
  6. Fantasy for piano, chorus and orchestra in C minor op. 80
  7. Violin Concerto in D major op. 61
  8. Chamomile for violin and orchestra in G major op. 40
  9. Chamomile for violin and orchestra in F major op. 50
  10. Triple Concerto for piano, violin and cello in C major op. 56

At the age of 14, in 1784, Beethoven tries to write a piano concerto in E flat major, of which only the piano part was kept. In 1790 he tries to compose a new concerto, this time in D major, of which only the first part remained. The first instrumental concerto composition was made in 1795 when he wrote The piano concerto in B flat major op. 19, about the same time he composed The piano concerto in C major op. 15 and The rondo for piano and orchestra.

Concerto no. 3 in C minor for piano and orchestra was finalized in 1800 and in 1802 he composed the two chamomiles for violin and orchestra: Chamomile for violin and orchestra in G major op. 40 and Chamomile for violin and orchestra in F major op. 50.

In 1801 he drafts The Triple Concerto for piano, violin and cello in C major op. 56 that he will finish only in 1805. In 1806 he writes The Piano Concerto no. 4 in G major op. 58, in 1808 he composes The Fantasy for piano, chorus and orchestra in C minor op. 80 and in 1809 he writes his last concerto for piano, The Piano Concerto no. 5 “The Imperial” in E flat major op. 73.


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  1. Piano Concerto no. 1 in C major op. 15
  2. Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat major op. 19
  3. Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor op. 37
  4. Piano Concerto no. 4 in G major op. 58
  5. Piano Concerto no. 5 “Emperor” in E flat major op. 73
  6. Violin Concerto in D major op. 61
  7. Triple Concerto for piano, violin and cello in C major op. 56


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