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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. 4 in D major

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
6:33 I. Allegro
3:11 II. Canzone. Lento
1:56 III. Minuetto. Presto
3:09 IV. Allegro
Duration: 15 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1818 (age 20-21)
1 recording, 4 videos
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6:33
Quartetto Bernini
I. Allegro
3:11
Quartetto Bernini
II. Canzone. Lento
1:56
Quartetto Bernini
III. Minuetto. Presto
3:09
Quartetto Bernini
IV. Allegro
From Edition Silvertrust

Gaetano DonizettiDonizetti's String Quartet No.4 in D Major 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 lively Allegro. Donizetti seems to have taken especial care when writing the second movement, a Lento which he entitled Canzone. It is a testament to his skill. Suitable for church there is an fine vocal quality to it. The third movement is marked Minuetto, presto. To quick to dance, it is for all intents and purposes a Scherzo. The finale, Allegro, is fleet but graceful.

Gaetano 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.

While no great masterpiece, this charming work nonetheless is a worthwhile representative of the early Italian romantic movement.

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