[tbpt55] – L. van Beethoven – Wind Trio in C major Op 87 – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Wind Trio in C major for 2 Oboe and 1 English Horn

composition date: 1795

transcription date: 2010

  • 1st mvt. (October 4 – 23)
  • 2nd mvt. (October 23)
  • 3rd,4th mvt. (October 10)

complete transcription of all 4 movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Menuetto: Allegro molto. Scherzo
  4. Finale: Presto


IMSLP.org work page (download mp3 / pdf score)


IMSLP.org work page (download mp3 / pdf score)

YouTube channel (embedded links below)


I discovered this through a bargain CD I spotted and bought at some newsstand’s. Other works included were the Octet Op.103 and something else for winds.

The movement that first caught my transcriber ears’ attention was the jolty Scherzo; then if I set on transcribing it, I might as well transcribe the whole trio!

It wasn’t a very hard transcription to do since there were only three voices, however the English Horn voice was something of an handicap because it is scored on the dominant (G major) so I had to visually transpose it all the time. In the fourth movement there were a couple of passages where I had to compose a bass line to fill up: with only the original voices it sounded incomplete when ported on the piano. Also in the fourth movement, there was a cadenza to fill up: I composed a short one based on the reference recording I had been using.

See also

Beethoven piano transcriptions


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