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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. 6 in g minor

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
5:43 I. Allegro
3:25 II. Larghetto
2:49 III. Presto
1:57 IV. Allegro giusto
Duration: 14 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1818-1819 (age 20-22)
2 recordings, 8 videos
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6:13
Quartetto Bernini
I. Allegro
2:50
Quartetto Bernini
II. Larghetto
2:33
Quartetto Bernini
III. Presto
1:37
Quartetto Bernini
IV. Allegro giusto
5:13
Gian-Luca Petrucci, Kodály Quartet
I. Allegro
4:00
Gian-Luca Petrucci, Kodály Quartet
II. Larghetto
3:05
Gian-Luca Petrucci, Kodály Quartet
III. Presto
2:17
Gian-Luca Petrucci, Kodály Quartet
IV. Allegro giusto
From Edition Silvertrust

Gaetano Donizetti Donizetti's String Quartet No.6 in g minor is an early work which was completed in 1819, while the composer was still studying at the Bolognese Conservatory. It is in four movements and opens with a pleasant Allegro which is followed by a charming Larghetto. The third movement is an exciting Presto and the work concludes with a good natured Allegro giusto.

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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