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Schubert Quintet

Oct 23 | Wed |

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Formosa Quartet Peter Wiley, cello Illustrated talk by Misha Donat

Schubert - String Quintet in C major, D956

Schubert's String Quintet belongs to the miraculous outpouring of music he composed in the year in which he died, at the tragically early age of thirty-one. By adding a second cello to the normal string quartet, Schubert was able to exploit dark and mellow sounds, and to have passionate melodies played by the first violin and first cello in parallel. The result is surely the most poignant of all his chamber works - one in which light and shade, drama and serenity are presented in constant alternation. Like so much of Schubert's output, the Quintet lay forgotten and unpublished for more than twenty years after his death. Schubert was by no means an unsuccessful composer - his songs and dances, in particular, were much in demand - but to us it seems incomprehensible that his contemporaries took so little interest in his large-scale works. Today, the String Quintet is rightly cherished as one of the peaks of the chamber repertoire as a whole.


Presented by Aspect Chamber Music Series 917-900-6657

Venue: Italian Academy of Columbia University

1161 Amsterdam Avenue Map