7 November | 12:00pm | £12 / £8
Doors & coffee from 11:00am | Concert 12:00pm, ends 13:00pm, no interval
Franz Schubert - Quintet in A, D667 Trout (1819) 40'
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Allegro con fuoco from Quintet in C minor (1906)
Stapleford Granary welcome players from the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, an exciting ensemble of players based in the east of England, and performing regularly in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Ely, Saffron Walden, and other venues in the region. EAChO has been acclaimed by audiences, media, and the professional artists with whom they have worked for their sensitive musicianship and dynamic performances.
For all its non-musical similarities to Beethoven's Ghost Trio, the Trout Quintet is a more upbeat piece by a newly mature composer. The Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667, clearly reflects the 22-year-old Schubert in his surroundings: summertime vacation in the countryside for a man who had spent his entire life in the city.
Uncommon in its instrumentation, the "Trout" is scored for piano, violin, viola, cello, and double bass, the same as Johann Hummel's Piano Quintet - a favourite piece of Sylvester Paumgartner, the wealthy music patron and amateur cellist who asked Schubert to write the quintet. Paumgartner had an additional request: that Schubert somehow incorporate his song "Die Forelle" within the composition.
It was the summer of 1819, and the celebrated baritone Johann Michael Vogl had taken Schubert with him on a walking tour in upper Austria. The summer was filled with outings, music parties, and impromptu concerts, and Schubert was buoyant. His sunny, out-of-doors leisure is audible throughout the work. The "Trout" Quintet, like much of Schubert's music, was never published until after his death. However, the original song, "Die Forelle," was so popular that it was published several times within Schubert's lifetime - once in 1820, again in 1825, and again in 1827, when it was assigned Opus 32.