Franz schubert - trout quintet - death and the maiden


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Schubert quickly composed an evocative work that takes the conventional Classical period four-movement format (that is, the structure of the sonata ) and interpolates a set of variations before the finale to create the unusual five-movement structure. The first movement features a rippling triplet figure that begins in the piano part and moves on to the other instruments. After the tranquil Andante, the Scherzo movement evokes brisk folk dances . The fourth-movement theme and variations are based upon one of Schubert’s own songs, “Die Forelle” (German: “The Trout”)—a favourite of Paumgartner’s. The theme is first plainly stated; then in the subsequent variations each of the five instruments has a turn with the melody. In the Allegro finale the rippling triplets from the opening reappear. The overall mood of the composition is light and bright, but the weighting of the instrumental texture toward the bass range helps give the piece nuance and depth. It has endured as a favourite in the chamber music repertoire .


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