Autograph of Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio, Op.97
by Seow-Chin Ong
Thus wrote Beethoven to his friend, benefactor, and pupil, Archduke Rudolf
sometime after 12 March 1811.1 Preoccupied with the Princess's visit
and a sore finger, His Royal Highness was, in all likelihood, temporarily
unable to have his music lessons with Beethoven. Ironically, this minor
gave the composer time to complete the masterpiece that now immortalizes
Archduke's name more than any other composition dedicated to him.