Quartettsatz – Concert Video
This is one of the concerts from the “Off the Vines” Chamber Music Series of 2018/2019 produced by Symphony of the Vines. The concert features Grace Seng, violin; Sabine Vener, violin; Michael Whitson, viola; and Hilary Clark, cello. It was performed on September 30, 2018, at Pear Valley estate Wine, Paso Robles.
Quartettsatz in C Minor, D. 703
Franz Schubert, 1797 – 1828
Schubert composed the Quartettsatz – that title, which did not originate with Schubert, means simply “quartet movement” – in December 1820, when he was just a few weeks short of his 24th birthday. He had apparently planned to write a standard four-movement quartet, but completed only the first movement and a 41-measure fragment of what would have been an Andante second movement. No one knows why he set so promising a work aside and left it unfinished, but – like the “Unfinished” Symphony – what survives is significant enough by itself to stand as a satisfying whole. (From the concert program notes written by Eric Bromberger.)
Symphony of the Vines is a professional orchestra based in north San Luis Obispo County. The symphony specializes in small orchestra and chamber ensembles playing in various venues including North County wineries.