Sunday, December 11, 2016

A Fish Out Of Water

Franz Schubert [1797-1828]
What were you doing at age 22.   If you were Franz Schubert you would have been composing one of the most well known chamber pieces ever.  Schubert's piano quintet, known as the "trout" [for the theme in the 4th movement of the piece], is one of this Austrian composer's most beloved pieces.

This fish may be out of water, but it certainly seems right in place in the chamber.

Schubert's "trout" is written for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass and it has five movements. All five movements of this chamber piece are great examples of Schubert's melodic style. This is one of my favorite chamber music pieces.  

The smooth, pleasant [sometimes with an edge] fourth and final movements of the "trout" is a nice way to start a pleasant Sunday morning. 

So, turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy some Franz Schubert melodic magic.

Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A-Major, "The Trout", Movement 4, Theme and variations:




Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A-Major, "The Trout", Movement 5, Allegro Giusto:






4 comments:

Connie Bach said...

Beautiful! Certainly a perfect music for Sunday yes!

Big Mike said...

Thanks Connie!!

Pamela said...

You have to be seriously off kilter not to love this piece. And your mention of his genius (at 22) is worth noting! I also think of Mendelssohn's having written his famous Octet at the tender age of 16 for his music teacher's birthday. Most of us cannot relate to this kind of skill and imagination at ANY time of our life, let alone in our youth, so we are better off for being reminded. Thank you ;-)

Big Mike said...

Thanks Pamela...in fact I did an earlier post about the great Octet by Mendelssohn composed at the unbelievable age of 16. Genius, prodigy whatever term you give isn't generous enough to show amazing that is.