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Piano Quintet Eb Major Op. 44

By Robert Schumann

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Piano Quintet
Composed by Robert Schumann. Edited by Ernst Herttrich. Piano quintets. Henle Music Folios. Pages: Scor = VI and 82 * Vl I, Vl II and Va Parts = 13 ea * Vc Part = 12. Softcover. 140 pages. G. Henle #HN355. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480355).

Item Number: HL.51480355

The composition cost him his sleep. In October 1842, when Schumann had finished his piano quintet in a short period of time, he was physically and emotionally drained. The work in no way reflects this, quite the contrary. “Full of strength and freshness” said Clara Schumann of the new composition, as well as “extremely brilliant and effective.” Even Richard Wagner added his voice to the great wave of admiration. Thus op. 44 soon became one of Schumann's most successful compositions, which today is still a jewel in chamber music literature. If the quartet reminds one of a piano concerto with orchestra in string quartet format at times, this is explained by the fact that it was intended for Clara's repertoire. The work was also dedicated to this brilliant pianist.

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  • April 17, 2009 Chamber Music to Feed the soul

    Robert Schumann's piano quintet, op. 44 is one of the most enjoyable pieces of 19th century chamber music in the literature. At once bold and poignant with beautiful lyrical melodies and strong harmonic statements. The piece is both simple and challenging. The piano and the strings interweave and play...

    back and forth as a happy family. I have read that Schumann's wife Clara, considered this piece one of her favorite and peformed it regularly, even after Robert's death. I first heard this piece 30 years ago and love it as much today as I did on first hearing it. Now I am working on performing it myself.

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