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Schubert - Quintet in A Major, Op. 114, D667 The Trout

Music Minus One Piano

By Franz Schubert

Music Minus One Piano. Composed by Franz Schubert (1797-1828). Music Minus One. Classical. Softcover with CD. 88 pages. Music Minus One #MMO3087. Published by Music Minus One (HL.400249).

Item Number: HL.400249

ISBN 1596150815. 9x12.25 inches.

Schubert's seminal chamber composition, the Piano Quintet in A major, D667, commonly known as 'The Trout' or 'Die Forelle,' is certainly one of the greatest pieces of music ever penned. Its rich textures and lovely melody create an unforgettable musical experience. Its celebration of nature's beauty stems from a summer trip in the Austrian Alps which inspired the young Schubert to rework a song into this complex chamber-piece. Composed of five alternating movements, 'The Trout' uses unique orchestration (substituting a double bass for the second violin) and gives special emphasis to the piano as well. But all the instruments take an equal role, and this may also be a reason for the piece's eternal popularity. 'The Trout' instantly brings to mind the calm serenity of the summer mountain air, and its sparkling melody and gentle poignancy leave a particularly happy feeling in both player and listener. It is a joy-filled piece but at the same time is filled with a serene quality that makes it one of the most exhilarating pieces for any musician to play, and one of the most important compositions for any musician to learn. This Music Minus One edition gives you that opportunity, in the comfort of your own home. Contains a high-quality printed music score with informative liner notes, and compact disc (with accompaniments only), voluminously indexed for ease of practice.

Performed by Harriet Wingreen, piano

Accompaniment: The Classic String Quartet.

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  • 2011-08-30 00:00:00.0 Okay, at best.

    The recording, which is the real "selling point" of MMO is really quite awful in comparison to that of most of the "Trout" recordings out there. While the performers of the piece do wonderfully, the actual recording sounds like it was done too long ago. It might even be better...

    to just purchase the score and use previous GREAT recordings to play with for practice. A competitor program knows as Dowani, (Three Tempi), offers a piano solo score (with orchestral cues) and a two piano reduction, as well two CDs with several versions of tempo for the concerto you're learning and a beautifully recorded full orchestral recording that sounds great and is quite fun to play with. Although this isn't a concerto, if the same sort of care and quality were put into this version, it'd be splendid. Also, not to be too finicky, but the publishing company labelled it as "The Classic String Quartet" on both the cover and the CD, when it is not even a string quartet. I'd save my money on this one.

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