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"Far from his greatest chamber piece"? It's from his OPUS ONE! Even Luwig van Beethoven didn't scale thwe heights of Parnassus straight out of the gate! Have you ever heard Mozart's Kochel 1? Beethoven composed a number of pieces before he decided to publish his first work to be assigned an opus number. Remember, it contained three separate works, and already he was venturing beyond what previous composers had done in the piano-violin-cello form. As individualistic and forward-looking as he was, Franz Joseph Haydn was mystified by Beethoven's advancement in his first chamber works and criticized the Third trio in the set (in C-Minor BTW; hint, hint: Beethoven was in the near future going to makes waves with pieces in C-Minor).
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