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Piano Quintet in C Minor

By Ralph Vaughan Williams

Piano quintet (piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass) - Difficulty: medium-difficult
Composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Masterworks; Part(s); Score; String Quintet (Piano Quintet). Faber Edition. 20th Century and British. Set of performance parts. With standard notation. Published by Faber Music Ltd. (AP.12-0571519539).

Item Number: AP.12-0571519539

ISBN 0571519539. With standard notation. 20th Century and British. 9x12 inches.

The Piano Quintet in C is a substantial and superbly written work lasting some 30 minutes. The first movement, marked Allegro con fuoco, is expansive, loquacious and filled with late romantic passion, its harmonies Brahmsian for the most part but tinged with modality in the quieter passages. The expressive romantic melody of the Andante second movement is fully characteristic of the composer and resembles the song Silent Noon that he composed in the same year. The finale is a set of five well-differentiated variations, ending with a beautiful bell-like coda. This work was written in 1903.

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    Mountain View, CA
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  • August 29, 2008 Interesting Early Work

    This is one of the early Vaughan Williams pieces that was released long after his death. We think it was withdrawn from publication because it doesn't sound very much like mature Vaughan Williams. It's a very sweet sounding piece but is quite short and bit unconventional in both...

    format and instrumentation. Makes a nice alternative to the Trout for bass players looking to play chamber music.

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  • June 20, 2008 beautiful

    This is a beautiful piece. It is very easy to put your heart in this work. despite it having only 3 movements, each movement lasts about 10 minutes. this, in my opinion was a gamble. The first and last movements are wonderful to play and to listen to. however, it...

    seems, again this is my own opinion, that if you don't watch yourself, the 2nd movement gets a little redundant. All together, it is a very Romantic work, finishing with an amazing climax. a must for anyone wanting a great piano quintet to perform or just to play for fun (and might I add it is a great piece because of the String Bass. It adds so much depth!)

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