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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. 5 in e minor

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
8:51 I. Allegro
5:02 II. Larghetto
3:56 III. Minuetto. Presto
3:04 IV. Allegro agitato
Duration: 21 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1818-1819 (age 20-22)
2 recordings, 8 videos
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8:38
Amati Quartet
I. Allegro
5:03
Amati Quartet
II. Larghetto
4:05
Amati Quartet
III. Minuetto. Presto
2:59
Amati Quartet
IV. Allegro agitato
9:17
Quartetto Bernini
I. Allegro
5:00
Quartetto Bernini
II. Larghetto
3:37
Quartetto Bernini
III. Minuetto. Presto
3:15
Quartetto Bernini
IV. Allegro agitato
From Edition Silvertrust

Gaetano Donizetti Donizetti's String Quartet No. 5 in e minor was composed during 1818-1819 while he was still studying at the Bolognese Conservatory. The opening Allegro is quite dramatic and one can hear a link to the overtures to some of his operas from this period. The second movement, Larghetto, conveys an uneasy sense of restlessness over the cello’s ostinato. Next comes a Minuetto, marked presto. No one is going to dance to this. It is a rather exciting almost military style march. The finale, Allegro agitato, again has a dramatic, even operatic quality.

Donizetti (1797-1848) was of 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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