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Late Schubert – sold out!

concert number 2


  • Modigliani Quartet
    • Amaury Coeytaux violin
    • Loïc Rio violin
    • Laurent Marfaing viola
    • François Kieffer cello


Franz Schubert String Quartet No. 12 in C minor Quartettsatz D.703: Allegro assai [11’]
Franz Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor Death and the Maiden D.810 [40’]
I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo. Allegro molto
VI. Presto

Concert description

Do composers who die young ever enter the “late style”? Late works have distinct features, as if composed under a sense of impending death.

Franz Schubert lived only 31 years. He died in 1828, having known for a few years that his health would not improve. Although his most famous String Quartet in D minor, D. 810 was written in 1824, the experience of terminal illness left traces in his music. Of course, this is also related to the title of the song, Death and the Maiden (lyrics by Matthias Claudius), whose arrangement forms the second, march-like section of the four-movement piece. The Quartettsatz from 1820, in turn, belongs to the middle period of Schubert’s oeuvre, but because of the quartet’s unusual one-movement form (although sketches of the second movement have survived), it remains one of his most enigmatic works. Less clear in structure and, compared to the composer’s other quartets, with seemingly sharper contrasts, Quartettsatz was named “an essay in deconstruction” and foreshadows the composer’s late style.

Schubert lived in Beethoven’s shadow and it was his dying request to be buried next to his master. He shared with him a special admiration for the quartet genre. His last musical wish was to hear Beethoven’s late String Quartet, Op. 131, and its was fulfilled five days before his death.

– Dominika Micał, “Ruch Muzyczny”