Hans Gál

Hans Gál (1890-1987)

Nationality: Austrian
Born: August 5, 1890, Brunn Died: October 3, 1987, Edinburgh (age 97)

Piano Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 13

(for violin, viola, cello and piano)
10:06 I. Allegro energico un poco sostenuto
7:38 II. Andante con moto
5:43 III. Agitato
7:51 IV. Allegro vivace
Duration: 35 minutes (approximately)
Composed: c. 1914-1915 (age 23-25)
Premiere: February, 1920. Vienna. Knoll (violin), Stekel (viola), Karbasch (cello), Gál (piano)
Published: 1922, Berlin: N. Simrock (age 31-32)
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10:06
Katalin Kertész, Nichola Blakey, Cressida Nash, Sarah Beth Briggs
I. Allegro energico un poco sostenuto
7:38
Katalin Kertész, Nichola Blakey, Cressida Nash, Sarah Beth Briggs
II. Andante con moto
5:43
Katalin Kertész, Nichola Blakey, Cressida Nash, Sarah Beth Briggs
III. Agitato
7:51
Katalin Kertész, Nichola Blakey, Cressida Nash, Sarah Beth Briggs
IV. Allegro vivace
From Edition Silvertrust

Hans Gal "Hans Gal's Piano Quartet in B flat Major, Op.13 was completed in 1915. While it shows the influence of Brahms, it would be more accurate to say it is written in a post-Brahmsian mode, much like the later works of Dohnányi. The opening Allegro energico, is edgy with much forward motion. The second subject is more lyrical and quite appealing. An Andante con moto follows and might be likened to a lullaby, gentle and flowing. The third movement in the form of a scherzo, Agitato, has strongly rhythmic episodes which are frequently interrupted while the trio section consists of a beautiful singing solo for the cello. The finale, Allegro vivace, is more genial, though rhythmic and here quite Brahmsian. This is a first class work, well-written for all of the instruments. A good concert hall choice and also for amateurs."

The Silvertrust Guide to Piano Quartets.

Hans Gal (1890-1987) was born in the small village of Brunn am Gebirge, just outside of Vienna. He was trained in that metropolis at the New Vienna Conservatory where he taught for some time. Later, with the support of such important musicians as Wilhelm Furtwangler, Richard Strauss and others, he obtained the directorship of the Mainz Conservatory. Gal composed in nearly every genre and his operas were particularly popular during the 1920's. Upon Hitler's rise to power, Gal was forced to leave Germany and eventually emigrated to Britain, teaching at the Edinburgh Music Conservatory for many years.

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