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Piano Quintet in A D667 'Trout' 1st movement Schubert Help Opus Details
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This Trout Quintet, which has 5 movements, was composed in 1819 when Schubert was on a summer holiday in Steyr, a small town in Upper Austria, with his friend, the singer Johann Vogl. Schubert was 22, and these three months seem to have been one of the most unclouded periods of his short life. He was intoxicated with the "inconceivably lovely" place, and not only with nature and the heady sweetness of pine trees and mountain air but also with the eight pretty girls who were the daughters and friends of a Dr. Schellmann, in whose house he was lodging.

Much music-making took place. A mine-owner, Herr Paumgartner, owned a large house in Steyr, in which he provided a warm welcome to visiting musicians. He suggested that Schubert should write a quintet using violin, viola, cello, double-bass, and piano, and that tune of Schubert's song The Trout, be included.

This Trout Quintet, with its 5 movements, was composed in 1819 when Schubert was on a summer holiday in Steyr, a small town in Upper Austria, with his friend, the singer Johann Vogl. Schubert was 22, and these three months seem to have been one of the most unclouded periods of his short life. He was intoxicated with the "inconceivably lovely" place, and not only with nature and the heady sweetness of pine trees and mountain air but also with the eight pretty girls who were the daughters and friends of a Dr. Schellmann, in whose house he was lodging.

Much music-making took place. A mine-owner, Herr Paumgartner, owned a large house in Steyr, in which he provided a warm welcome to visiting musicians. He suggested that Schubert should write a quintet using violin, viola, cello, double-bass, and piano, and that tune of Schubert's song The Trout, be included.

This first movement is marked Allegro vivace. It begins with a two octave triplet arpeggio on the piano followed by a smooth melody, mostly in minims, on the strings. The arpeggio immediately suggests the upward arpeggio of the accompaniment of the song, though without the chromatic notes and covering a greater span. It is perhaps the most important element of the first movement, used in defining the harmony and in unfolding triplet figurations. The second subject (in the dominant), in the form of a duet between violin and cello (the cello was Paumgartner's instrument), is developed in octaves on the piano. The coda at the end of the exposition is quite long, with dotted rhythms and scales, but since it must later do service, transposed, as coda too, this is not surprising. The development brings the key round to D so that the recapitulation can set off on an exact transposition (D to A) of the exposition which travelled from A to E.
Category: Chamber Music String Quartet Featuring Piano Romantic Period
Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   A Major also featuring Violin, Cello Play MP3 using player below.

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