Serenade in D Major, op. 41
Ludwig van Beethoven was born the son of a tenor of the electoral chapel in Bonn. He received his first lessons from his father, who wanted to make a prodigy of him. Later on, his teachers included W.A. Mozart, J. Haydn and A. Salieri. In 1792, he moved to Vienna, which, apart from short journeys, he never left. The Serenade in D Major, op. 41, originally composed as a trio for flute, violin and viola, was only written thanks to his friendship with Antonin Reicha; Reicha played the flute, Beethoven the viola. In 1803, a Leipzig publisher published Beethoven's Serenade in an arrangement for flute and piano. Beethoven wrote, and insisted, that these editions were "not mine, but they have been reviewed by me and partially improved, so you should not claim they are mine ... and I would also not have the time and the patience to work on them." But still he cherished a nostalgic fondness for this serene music.
Piano: Swetlana Emeljanowa