(Joseph Kalichstein refers to the two other works on that night’s concert: Beethoven, Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11 and of course Schubert’s Trout Quintet.)
Ms. Zwilich writes about her 2011 work: “My Quintet (for the same instrumentation as the great “Trout” Quintet by Franz Schubert) is in three movements, the second of which has the title “Die Launische Forelle” (roughly translated: “The Moody Trout”). I couldn’t resist using a very small quote from the Schubert song on which his Quintet is based. I also took the liberty of allowing that movement to spin out musical images of a “moody” trout. In all three movements the weight and character of the contrabass is an important element in the overall design. I’m especially interested in the possibilities offered by the contemporary contrabass player’s virtuosity and artistry which allows the composer to reach for that chamber music ideal of equal partners.
“Because of my great admiration and affection for these artists, my work is dedicated to Yossi, Jaime, Sharon, Michael and Hal.”
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