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Trio in D major for Flute, Cello and Harp, Hob XV 17

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From the Publisher

Composed in 1790, the Haydn Trios, Hoboken XV: 15-17, had always been assumed to have been written for flute, cello and piano. However no one can actually verify this as being correct. 

Music written in that period was usually not intended for a particular instrument, but rather played by any instrument or group of instruments which were available at the time, and frequently instruments were interchanged. Today we don’t view it as important to know exactly which instrument inspired the composition. 

However in Franz Josef Haydn’s family there was a special regard for the harp. History has recorded that Haydn’s father was a singer who learned to accompany himself on the harp. The father of two composers, Mathias Haydn could not read music, yet he was an enthusiastic folk musician. “He was a great lover of music by nature” says his famous son, “and played the harp without knowing a note of music.” 

Julia Rovinsky

Performance duration (approx): 18'

Difficulty guide: 8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  1. Allegro
  2. Andantino piu tosto Allegretto
  3. Vivace assai

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Cello
  • Part 3: Harp
Category: Music for Flute, Strings and Harp
Publisher: Edition Svitzer
Our Stock Code: 1444513
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (27 pages [score])

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