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 Quartet in E major, Op. 6

(for violin, viola, cello and piano)
I. Rasch und feurig
II. Langsam
III. Scherzo. Sehr lebhaft
IV. Sehr langsam - Frisch und lebendig
Composed: 1867 (age 26-27)
Published: 1870 (age 29-30), Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel
Dedication: Johannes Brahms
Duration: 39 minutes (approximately)
2 recordings, 8 videos
10:43
Oliver Triendl, et. al.
I. Rasch und feurig
10:44
Oliver Triendl, et. al.
II. Langsam
5:07
Oliver Triendl, et. al.
III. Scherzo. Sehr lebhaft
11:17
Oliver Triendl, et. al.
IV. Sehr langsam - Frisch und lebendig
11:36
Berlin Gobel Trio, Lois
I. Rasch und feurig
10:55
Berlin Gobel Trio, Lois
II. Langsam
5:11
Berlin Gobel Trio, Lois
III. Scherzo. Sehr lebhaft
11:33
Berlin Gobel Trio, Lois
IV. Sehr langsam - Frisch und lebendig

From Edition Silvertrust:

Hermann Goetz "Hermann Goetz's Piano Quartet is one of the masterpieces of the literature and it is sad to see it disappear from the repertoire."

—So wrote the critic Laurence Vittes.

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 Piano Quartet dates from 1867 and is dedicated to Johannes Brahms who was not only friendly with Goetz but also admired his music. The famous chamber music scholar Wilhelm Altmann describes the Piano Quartet as follows:

"It shows mastery of style throughout. This work has moments of both inspiring energy and profound sadness. The emotional theme of the variations in the slow movement and painfully melancholy introduction to the finale reveal how essentially temperamental was the composer, while the three-part canon which forms the trio of the magnificent Scherzo third movement reveals his great technical skill."

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