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Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Violoncello and Double Bass A major, Op. post.114 D 667 'Trout Quintet'

By Franz Schubert

Violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano (Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double bass, Piano) - Level 3
Composed by Franz Schubert (1797-1828). Edited by Arnold Feil. This edition: urtext edition. Stapled. Barenreiter Urtext. Piano Quartet. Performance score, Set of part(s). Opus post. 114, D 667. 78/19/17/14/15 pages. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA05608. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA05608).

Item Number: BA.BA05608

ISBN 9790006472741. 31 x 24.3 cm inches. Key: A major.

During the summer months of the years 1819, 1823 and 1825, Schubert spent several weeks with his friend and interpreter of his lieder Johann Michael Vogl in Vogl’s home town of Steyr in Upper Austria. Vogl made Schubert acquainted with the musical circles of the town, particularly with the home and circle of Sylvester Paumgartner, the musical patron of Steyr at that time. Schubert’s relations with Steyr and with Paumgartner in particular were vividly recounted by Schubert’s friend Albert Stadler, who also came from Steyr, in his memorandums addressed to Ferdinand Luib in 1858. Stadler’s report is the only source concerning the origin of the Quintet.
“You are probably familiar with Schubert’s Quintet for pianoforte, violin, viola, violoncello and double bass with the variations on his ‘Trout’. He wrote it at the express wish of my friend Sylvester Paumgartner, who was utterly enchanted with the delightful little song. He wanted the piece to have the form and scoring of Hummel’s Quintet, recte Septet, still new at that time. Schubert finished the piece quickly and kept the score himself . . .”.

This account shows that the piece was written upon Paumgartner’s suggestion, but gives no information about the time and place of composition. However, one can assume that Schubert composed it in 1819 for Steyr.

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    O. Arthur Stiennon, MD
    Madison, WI
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  • January 11, 2002 Trout quinter, F. Schubert

    An absolutely delightful piece of music. The only difficulty is assembling the instrumentalists. You can use an extra cello insteasd of the bass, but one of the violinists has to be left out unless you double the part. One can fill out the session with one or two of the...

    quintets of the same instrumentation by Louise Farenc (said to be the best female composer of the 19th century) They are both terrific but, of course, not quite in the same league as Schubert. Speaking of instrumentation, one can play the violin part on the flute (as I do) and no one seems to object. All in all, it's a pinacle of the chamber music repetory.

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