Piano Trio (Chopin)

The Piano Trio, Op. 8, is a composition in G minor for piano, violin and cello, by Frédéric Chopin, written in 1828 or 1829, and published in 1829, dedicated to Antoni Radziwiłł.

Piano Trio
by Frédéric Chopin
Chopin, by Wodzinska.JPG
The composer in 1835
KeyG minor
CatalogueOp. 8
DedicationAntoni Radziwiłł
Published1829 (1829)


It has four movements:

  1. Allegro con fuoco
  2. Scherzo
  3. Adagio sostenuto
  4. Finale: Allegretto

A typical performance lasts approximately 25-27 minutes.

The piece has established itself as a core member of the piano trio repertoire. It is also the only work by Chopin that features the violin (excluding orchestral parts). In a letter to his friend Tytus Woyciechowski dated 31 August 1830,[a] Chopin speculates whether he should have written the violin line for viola, believing that the viola's timbre would "accord better with the cello".[1] Emanuel Ax is of the opinion that it is perhaps fortunate that Chopin scored the work for a standard piano trio, since so few trios with viola exist.[2][3][4]



  1. ^ Letter no. 63 in the new edition of Fryderyk Chopin’s Correspondence, edited by Zofia Helman, Zbigniew Skowron, and Hanna Wroblewska-Strauss, University of Warsaw, 2010
  • Johnson, G. C. Ashton (1908). A Handbook to Chopin's Works. London: William Reeves.
  • Nicholas, Jeremy (2010). Chopin: Chamber Music (PDF) (CD). Hyperion Records. CDH55384.
  • Rezaei, Ramin (2010). Frederic Chopin's Chamber Music and Polish Songs (PDF) (B.Mus). Lahti University of Applied Sciences. Retrieved 2016-07-11.

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