Dvorák Piano Quintet, Opus 81
This Scherzo of unrestrained joy quickly dispels any lingering clouds of grief or remorse left behind by the miserable second movement. It opens up with a brilliant and fun theme played by the string instruments that is repeated throughout the movement. For example, it is immediately repeated by the piano.
This movement really is a fun one to play because of the varied joyful themes that are thrown around by the instruments. They engage in many variations, which are passages that sound similar but have striking differences. For example, the piano accompaniment to the theme played by the string instruments is always embellished to sound fancier.
There is a slightly slower middle section to this movement also.
This section gives the audience a break from listening to nonstop
high-powered fast notes. This is a little relaxation period in
preparation for the "nonstop high-powered fast notes" that will
return as the conclusion of this movement. Gradually, the music
returns to that joyful first theme. This movement lights up the
stage with its merry themes and quickly cheers up the most dour
Hear this Movement
Recorded: in the Lin Residence on July 5, 1999
Piano: Alvin Lin
Violins: Michael Wilber, 1st; Laura Carr, 2nd;
Viola: Debdeep Maji
Cello: Charles Han;
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