Hermann  Goetz [Götz]

Hermann Goetz (1840-1876)

Nationality: German
Born: December 7, 1840, Königsberg
Died: December 3, 1876, Hottingen (age 36)
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Piano Trio in g minor, Op. 1

(for violin, cello and piano)
I. Langsam - Feurig
II. Sehr ruhig
III. Flüchtig erregt
IV. Mässig rasch
Composed: 1863 (age 22-23)
Published: 1866-1867 (age 26-27)
Dedication: Hans von Bülow
Duration: 32 minutes (approximately)
2 recordings, 8 videos
10:04
Berlin Gobel Trio
I. Langsam - Feurig
5:01
Berlin Gobel Trio
II. Sehr ruhig
4:31
Berlin Gobel Trio
III. Flüchtig erregt
10:35
Berlin Gobel Trio
IV. Mässig rasch
10:53
Vilmos Szabadi, Márta Gulyás, Tytus Miecznikowski
I. Langsam - Feurig
5:16
Vilmos Szabadi, Márta Gulyás, Tytus Miecznikowski
II. Sehr ruhig
4:33
Vilmos Szabadi, Márta Gulyás, Tytus Miecznikowski
III. Flüchtig erregt
9:30
Vilmos Szabadi, Márta Gulyás, Tytus Miecznikowski
IV. Mässig rasch

From Edition Silvertrust:

Hermann Goetz

Hermann Goetz (1840-1876) studied theology and mathematics in Königsberg where he was born. Eventually he switched to music and attended the Stern Conservatory in Berlin where he studied with the founder Julius Stern, as well as Hans von Bülow and Hugo Ulrich. In 1862, he succeeded Theodor Kirchner as organist at the church in Winterthur.

His only piano trio, which was dedicated to Hans von Bülow, dates from 1867. It is a very impressive Opus 1 and one is forced to assume there were many other works which proceeded this very mature work.

The opening movement to the trio, Adagio-Con fuoco, begins with a slow and brooding introduction. This is followed by the highly dramatic and emotional main section which entirely fulfills the promise hinted at in the introduction. Next comes a slow, valedictory adagio, Molto tranquillo. The duet-style string writing is particularly beautiful. The third movement, Leggiero ma agitato, is an original-sounding scherzo. The finale, Allegro moderato, vivace, also opens in a brooding manner with shades of the Mendelssohn Op.49 trio, but a sunny second subject quickly chases away the clouds.

Although this is an early work, it is also a very fine one.

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