Schubert Piano Quintet in A, D667 "Trout"
In 1817 Franz Schubert wrote the song "Die Forelle (The Trout)", which tells the tale of a happy little fish who is tricked by a determined fisherman. The song was soon an enormous hit, despite the fact that none of Schubert's music had ever been published; the music had to be distributed and copied all by hand.
In 1819, Schubert and a friend of his spent their summer holiday in the quaint village of Steyr, 90 miles north of Vienna. "At the house where I lodge," wrote Schubert in a letter, "there are eight girls, nearly all pretty. As you see, I shall not be bored..." Besides these eight girls, Steyr was also home to the wealthy musical patron Sylvester Paumgartner. Paumgartner often held musical gatherings at his large home, so he was familiar with Schubert's music even before the composer even came for his vacation.
Wanting a piece that could be played by himself and his friends,
Paumgartner asked Schubert to write a piece that could be played by
a group of piano, violin, viola, cello, and bass. Furthermore, he
asked that the piece incorporate "Die Forelle" in some way. Cheered
by the fresh summer weather, the beautiful countrysie, and
(perhaps) the attentions of the eight girls, Schubert began writing
his chamber masterpiece. He completed the work upon returning to
Vienna, and though it was not published until after his lifetime,
we remember it today as one of the undisputably greatest chamber
pieces ever written.
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Movement 1 | Movement 2 | Movement 3 | Movement 4 | Movement 5
Recorded: in the TJHSST Auditorium on August 3-5, 1999
Piano: Alvin Lin;
Violin: Jennifer Tom;
Viola: Roger Yu;
Cello: Charles Han; Bass: Albert Ho;
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