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Trout Quintet 4th Movement (Arr for Piano and regular String Quartet)

Schubert's Piano Quintet in A Op.114 was scored for the unusual combination of Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass. Because Schubert's original version cannot be played "as is" by a normal string quartet, I was asked to make this Arrangement so it could be played by this standard combination.

Therefore, to enable this to be played by a wider range of people, this arrangement, is for a Piano with the regular string quartet line up of 2 violins, viola and cello.

There have been problems getting this piece approved because it sounds so similar to the original. A tribute, I feel, to how faithful this arrangement has been in realising Schubert's music for this different combination of string instruments. Hopefully this will soon be resolved and String Quartets everywhere will be able to enjoy this music without the expense of having to hire a Double Bass Player with the 2nd Violin sitting around doing nothing.

Those wishing to see what changes have been made, the original score, from which this arrangement was made, is freely downloadable from here at imslp.org

The piece is known as the "Trout Quintet" because this fourth movement is a set of variations on Schubert's earlier song called "Die Forelle" (The Trout). Sometimes referred to as D667, rather than Op.114.

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