Schubert’s writing for the strings is symphonic, revealing, in such details as the frequent fanfare rhythms and repeated-note patterns, touches of “orchestration” that would have been assigned to winds and brass in one of his symphonies. In doing that, he revolutionized the art of writing for strings. He created sounds that no one had ever created before in a small string ensemble, constantly varying the texture as he did it. There are vast changes of light and color in the piece, as well as great harmonic variation.
– NPR Critic Ted Libbey
As the March winds blow with force and fury around the country, we’re proud to share with you some of the gale-force intensity of the Scherzo movement of Franz Schubert’s late, great String Quintet in C major. Featuring a remarkable constellation of Heifetz faculty members, coming together from across the continent to share a stage in Francis Auditorium: Violinists Mark Kaplan (Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN) and Nicholas Kitchen (New England Conservatory, Boston, MA), violist and Heifetz alum Matthew Cohen, and cellistsTimothy Eddy (The Juilliard School & Mannes School of Music, New York NY) and Ralph Kirshbaum (USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles, CA), and Let the four winds blow!
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