Staying in Touch With Trout
With Spring comes hope, and what better way to
celebrate than with Schubert!
For my selection this week, I’ve chosen Schubert’s fourth movement from his Piano Quintet in A major, D.667 Die Forelle performed by Grace Clifford (violin), Stefanie Farrands (viola), Julian Smiles (cello) and Maxime Bibeau (double bass) who joined me for this concert – to listen please click on the yellow words.
I’ve always enjoyed Peter Gutmann’s concise reflection on this miraculous work –
“… the quintet unmistakably bursts with the ecstatic good spirits behind its creation. ‘In it is enshrined the memory of a delightful summer of carefree leisure days … bathed in sunshine and the spirit of youth. … The threads of friendship, of human cordiality, of tenderness are woven into the very texture of the music’ (Mila). The upbeat, collegial mood undoubtedly was magnified by the general escapist trend in Viennese music that favored the merriment of Rossini over the challenges of Beethoven (Stanley Finkelstein), Schubert’s fond recollections of playing the viola in quartets with his father on cello and older brothers on violins; his relief at having recently escaped the drudgery of teaching after four years (Michael Griffel); his friends’ willingness to provide for his needs in the absence of meaningful income; his reliance upon music to relieve the drabness of his everyday life (Paul Henry Lang); and, ironically, his lack of success that freed him to create music for the enjoyment of himself and his friends rather than for patrons or public (Lang).”
To hear the full work and the concert in which it was performed (Transfigured), along with our introductions, please visit my website.
Stay well and safe, Kathy