Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770-1827)
Gran Trio per Violino, Viola e Violoncello [...] Op. III.
In Vienna: Presso T. Mollo e Comp.. [1798?].
Gran / Trio / per / Violino, Viola, e Violoncello / Composto dal Sigr. Luigi van Beethoven / Opera. III. Folio Engraved throughout; [PN] 83. Parts. Violin part loose, as issued; viola and cello parts stitched into wrappers with handwritten titles. 13 pp. (Violino); 12 pp. (Viola); 11 pp. (Violoncello.) Ex libris Luisa Sormani Busca Arconati Visconti. Light toning and some smudging; overall in fine condition.
Titelauflage, printed from the same plates as the first edition published by Artaria in 1796. Rare; WorldCat records 5 copies. 9.75 x 13.25 inches (25 x 33.5 cm).
Beethoven's String Trio in E-flat, op. 3, was first sketched while the composer was living in Bonn. His first composition for string trio, it was modeled after Mozart's great Divertimento in the same key, with a similar form of six movements. It brought the young Beethoven (only 27 at the time) international recognition.
The Italian music publisher Tranquillo Mollo (1767 - 1837) was first employed by the firm of Artaria in Vienna and in 1793 was made a partner. After leaving Artaria, he and Domenico Artaria (III) founded the firm of T. Mollo & Co. in July 1798 and subsequently issued first editions of many of Beethoven's works.