Georg Hendrik Witte

Georg Hendrik Witte (1843-1929)

Nationality: Dutch
Born: November 16, 1843, Utrecht
Died: February 3, 1929, Essen (age 85)

Piano Quartet in A major, Op. 5

(for violin, viola, cello and piano)
I. Moderato assai - Allegro con fuoco
II. Sostenuto
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Allegro giojoso
Published: 1867 (age 23-24)
Dedication: Herrn Capellmeister Carl Reinecke zugeeignet
Duration: 42 minutes (approximately)
1 recording
Frans van Ruth, et. al.

From Edition Silvertrust:

Georg Hendrik Witte "Georg Hendrik Witte's Piano Quartet in A Major, Op.5 dates from 1867. No composer studying at the Leipzig Conservatory at the time Witte did (mid 1860's) could escape the influence of its founders Mendelssohn and Schumann who were held up by most of the professors there as musical gods to be emulated. Witte was no exception, however, his work is nonetheless original and fresh sounding. The Piano Quartet won him a prize at a prestigious competition, and it is indeed a fine work. It opens with a Moderato assai introduction which leads to the very effective main section, Allegro con fuoco. The second movement, Sostenuto, has for its theme a somewhat melancholy subject on which a set of excellently contrasting variations are produced. Next comes an appealing Vivace which serves as a scherzo. There is a fetching trio section based on a folk melody. The satisfying finale, Allegro giojoso, features a magnificent fugal episode before the work is brought successful close. This is a good candidate for the concert hall and can be warmly recommended to amateur ensembles."

—The Silvertrust Guide to Piano Quartets.

Georg Hendrik Witte (1843-1029) was born in the Dutch city of Utrecht. At age 16, he entered the Royal Dutch Conservatory in the Hague where he studied violin, piano, organ and composition. He then continued his studies at the Leipzig Conservatory with Ignaz Moscheles and Carl Reinecke for piano, and Moritz Hauptmann and Ernst Friedrich Richter for composition. After teaching briefly in the city of Thann in Alsace, he tried to obtain a post in the Netherlands but there were none available. However, on the recommendation of Reinecke, Witte obtained the post of Director of the Music Society of Essen and eventually became Music Director of the city of Essen, serving as conductor of its orchestra and choir society.

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