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Robert Schumann Robert Schumann

Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44
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Schumann, String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41, No. 3

October 16th, 2011

Robert Schumann, 1810-1856

String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41, No. 3

Robert Schumann tended to compose in short, concentrated bursts, intensively focused on one genre at a time. 1842 became his “year of chamber music” where he miraculously produced three string quartets, the glorious piano quintet and the equally superb piano quartet. Schumann wrote his three string quartets, Op. 41, in a space of five weeks with the third dashed off in only a few days. His letters and journals demonstrate his methodical preparation by studying the quartets of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven including the latter’s “late quartets” with which Schumann was particularly enthralled. The bulk of Mendelssohn’s quartets predate Op. 41 and Schumann was without a doubt familiar with them as well as quartets of lesser composers that he would have reviewed as a founding critic for the important journal Neue Zeitschrift für Musik. Indeed, Schumann dedicated Op. 41 to his friend and contemporary, Felix Mendelssohn. History has since highlighted the first and third of the quartets with the String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No 3 becoming the favorite. « more »

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