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For piano; flute (or violin) and cello.In the Classical period; and well into the 19th century; piano trios were almost “fashion accessories.” At the end of his life; Haydn could look back proudly at the 39 piano trios which he now left to posterity. One interesting feature of the collection Hob. XV:15-17 is that; thanks to their scoring for flute instead of violin; they differ from Haydn's other trios. They were commissioned by the London publisher John Bland; who had paid a visit to Haydn in 1789. Haydn immediately put pen to paper and created three extraordinarily charming pieces full of imaginative touches and elegance; which were published in summer 1790. The use of the flute is undoubtedly due to the instrument's unique popularity in the circles of the English middle classes and aristocracy; nevertheless; a performance with violin is also perfectly feasible and even explicitly suggested in the F-major Trio Hob. XV:17.