2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

Schubert: String Quartet in A Minor I. Allegro ma non Troppo
Christina M. Scheperle*, Kathryn H. Brown, Jennifer M. Lassley, and Nichole S. Moore
Dr. Miranora O. Frisch, Faculty Mentor

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) wrote his String Quartet in A minor, the “Rosamunde,” in 1824 while suffering from syphilis. During his illness, Schubert called upon memories of better days to ease his pain, and therefore it is no surprise that both of the string quartets he wrote in 1824, the “Rosamunde” and the “Death of the Maiden”, contain quotations of pieces he had composed earlier in his career. The “Rosamunde” quartet opens with a musical quotation from Schubert’s song Gretchen am Spinnrade, an 1814 setting of Goethe’s Faust. The melancholy first movement, which will be performed today, is in sonata form. It demonstrates Schubert’s ability to move easily between major and minor modes and serves as a wonderful example of Schubert’s mature style.

Keywords: Schubert, String Quartet, Rosamunde, Faust

Topic(s):Music

Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 46-5
Location: OP 1393, Performance Hall
Time: 3:45

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