Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet

Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 114, D. 667 (Trout Quintet)
for Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Piano

When: Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 3pm
Where: St. Charles Community College, Fine Arts Building, auditorium
Who: members of Landolfi Quartet: Mary Sweetin, violin; Deberah Haferkamp, viola; and Gary Lee, cello; with Daniel Winfield, bass part (on cello) and Steven Keniston, piano.

Additional performance: Wednesday, February 18, noon, at Ringhausen Music Building, Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL

Movements:
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Scherzo (Presto)
4. Thema (Andantino) with 5 Variations – Allegretto
5. Allegro guisto

Composed during the summer of 1819, the work reflects the carefree summer months when Schubert (age 22) was vacationing with a friend in a small town in Austria where he enjoyed music making in a scenic location. A wealthy mine owner who played the cello welcomed the visiting musicians and suggested Schubert should write a quintet and utilize a popular song the composer had written a couple years earlier, called “The Trout”. The song tells of a poet standing on the banks of a stream watching a trout in the clear water. The fourth movement is a theme and variations based on the song. Listen for sounds of flowing water and the leaping movement of the fish. During rehearsals the musicians noted this mood of water and nature carries through the entire work. Come hear us perform a favorite chamber music work.

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