Monday, 1 July 2013

This substantial

This substantial but relatively neglected piece has affinities with the slow movements of the String Quintet in C major D. 956, and the Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat, D 898. Completed in the autumn of 1827, it is possibly a rejected slow movement of the Piano Trio No. 1. It has the sublime slowness of the string quintet movement, together with a similar use of pizzicato at various points, and with the same paradoxical effect: the pizzicato decorations of the main tune seem to enhance the underlying tragedy of the music, rather than lightening it

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