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Gaetano Donizetti

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

Nationality: Italian
Born: November 29, 1797, Bergamo Died: April 8, 1848, Bergamo (age 50)

String Quartet No. 3 in c minor

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
6:27 I. Più allegro
3:07 II. Adagio ma non troppo
2:36 III. Scherzo. Vivace
3:25 IV. Prestissimo
Duration: 17 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1818 (age 20-21)
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I. Più allegro
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II. Adagio ma non troppo
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III. Scherzo. Vivace
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IV. Prestissimo
From Edition Silvertrust

Gaetano Donizetti Donizetti's String Quartet No.3 in c minor is an early work which dates from 1818, while the composer was still studying with his teacher Simon Mayr. It is in four movements and opens with a very operatic Più allegro which by virtue of its rhythm has a martial aura to it. Next comes a lovely Adagio, ma non troppo, which foreshadows his tremendous vocal ability. The third movement is a fleet Scherzo, vivace. The exciting finale, Presitissimo, races along, full of forward motion.

Donizetti (1797-1848) was born in Bergamo, Italy of humble origins. His father was an assistant at the village pawnshop. In 1806, at the age of 9, he was able to attend a charitable school and there met the then famous composer, Simone Mayr, who became his mentor and lifelong friend. Donizetti is well-known, of course, as a composer for the opera. However, many will be surprised to learn that he did write a fair amount of chamber music, including 18 string quartets, some string quintets, piano trios, and an octet for winds and strings along with several other instrumental works.

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