Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio
We're getting ready for the first performance of our interpretation of Beethoven's 7th trio, nicknamed the "Archduke." If you already love this trio, Cheers! If you have no idea what we're talking about ... hold on to your seats - it's epic!
This trio is perfect. It's immensely gratifying, serious, silly, and provocative while being both symphonic and delicate. Not unlike a classic Radiohead album (OK Computer comes to mind...as the great author Haruki Murakami who frequently quotes both Beethoven and Radiohead in the same paragraph might muse...). It's about 35 minutes long, and has 4 movements. The first movement is regal, and grand to begin with, and develops into something cunning and coy, before finishishing with a flourish. The second movement is a mix of a kind of giddy march with a really serious, strange trio section in the middle - full of chromatics and weird polonaise rhythms. The third movement is the soul of the piece - horribly profound, hauntingly beautiful and inspirationally provocative. It is at once dark and somber and bright and hopeful. Uplifting, spiritual and deep. The final movement is an all out celebration. A huge jolly party that ends with a bang.