FRANZ SCHUBERT Trio movement in B flat major for violin, viola and violoncello, D 471
Franz Schubert only tackled the string trio genre twice in his lifetime - according to his own assessment, not with great success. The composer, barely 20 at the time, was later highly self-critical of his youthful works and spoke disparagingly of »models« from which he was only »learning« to find his own style. He first attempted his string trio career in 1816 with the »Trio movement in B flat major« but probably left the work unfinished due to his dissatisfaction. It was not until years after his death that the piece, intended only for domestic music-making practice, was performed. It is today regarded as an endearing fragment that enjoys a spring-like zest and would have deserved completion.