Schubert’s Great C-Major Quintet

  • Submitted by Judy Walker:

Foe our March session,  Rosemary Waller will offer some thoughts about Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, for two violins, viola, and two cellos.  This work has long been a favorite of performers, audiences, critics, and musicologists, many going so far as to rate it the most sublime piece of chamber music ever written.  The Quintet was Schubert’s last major work, completed in September 1828.  The 31-year-old composer died less than two months later, on November 19.  Like so much of Schubert’s amazingly prolific output, the Quintet remained unknown, unperformed, and unpublished until long after his demise.

Exactly 100 years after the first performance (1850) of the Quintet, an aspiring young California violinist had a wonderfully unlikely, sudden, and life-changing encounter with this magnificent work—a tale to be shared!

WHEN:          Tuesday March 5, 10:30 – 11:30 am

WHERE:        Berger Center

COST:            Free admission

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