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Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810
by Alban Berg Quartett
The "String Quartet No. 14 in D minor" (also known as "Death and the Maiden") is a piece by Franz Schubert that has been called "one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire." It was composed in 1824, after the composer suffered a serious illness and realized that he was dying. It is named for the theme of the second movement, which Schubert took from a song of the same title he had written in 1817. Some interpreted it as Schubert's testament to death, and found that the theme of death is prevalent in all four movements of the quartet:

1. Allegro, in D minor;
2. Andante con moto, in G minor;
3. Scherzo: Allegro molto, in D minor;
4. Presto, in D minor.

The quartet was first played in 1826 in a private home, and was not published until 1831, three years after the composer's death. It is D. 810 in Otto Erich Deutsch's thematic catalogue of Schubert's works.
First violin: Günter Pichler; second violin: Gerhard Schulz; viola: Thomas Kakuska; cello: Valentin Erben.
Posted: 19th May 2019
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