String Quintet, D.956 (Schubert, Franz)
August Schulz (1837-1909)
Braunschweig: Henry Litolff's Verlag, . Plates 10178 A-E.
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Arrangements and Transcriptions
For Piano Trio (Hermann)
For Piano 4 hands (Hübschmann)
For Piano 4 hands (Ulrich)
For Piano solo (Stark)
|Work Title||String Quintet|
|Opus/Catalogue Number||D.956; Op.163|
|Year/Date of Composition||1828|
|Average Duration||55 minutes|
|Instrumentation||2 violins, 1 viola, 2 cellos|
The Quintet was to be Schubert’s last completed work. In mid-October of 1828 – just a few weeks after having completed the Quintet – Schubert’s appetite disappeared. Weakened by tertiary syphilis and the toxic, mercury-based medications he was taking for the syphilis, Schubert took to his bed with a high, persistent fever, almost certainly caused by a bacterial typhoid infection. Schubert died at three o’clock in the afternoon on November 19, 1828. The String Quintet in C Major – scored for two violins, a viola, and two ‘cellos – is among the handful of greatest chamber works ever composed. (That is not an opinion; that is a fact.)