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Example Programmes

Programme 1

Frank Martin - Pavane couleur du temps
Joseph Miroslav Weber - String Quintet in D major (1896)
Schubert - String Quintet in C major, D 956

Programme 2

Beethoven - Kreutzer  Quintet (1832 arrangement)*
Brahms - String Quintet in F minor, Op 34
Reconstruction by Sebastian Brown (1941) of original instrumentation of Piano Quintet Op 34 (1862)

* A recent discovery is the Beethoven Kreutzer  Quintet; a sparkling transcription for string quintet with two cellos of the famous sonata for violin and piano. This version was published in 1832 and Divertimenti played at first from copies of the first edition, provided by the Beethovenhaus in Bonn. Paul Barritt subsequently edited the work for performance and it is now published by SJ Music.

Programme 3

Ethel Smyth - String Quintet in E major, Op 1 (1884)
Bax - Lyrical interlude*
Brahms - String Quintet in F minor, Op 34
Reconstruction by Sebastian Brown (1941) of original instrumentation of Piano Quintet Op 34 (1862)

* ‘The unpublished four-movement String Quintet in G of 1908, remained untouched for over ninety years until Divertimenti gave a performance in Lichfield Cathedral in 2001. It was first played in July 1908. The editor, Paul Barritt, in consultation with his fellow performers, has made a transcription of a revised version of the slow movement with two violas instead of two cellos that Bax published in 1923 under the title Lyrical Interlude. This skilfully constructed performing edition thus enables us at last to hear a score full of youthful exuberance and teeming with fresh and attractive ideas’ (MusicWeb International).

Programme 4

Boccherini - String Quintet in C major, Op 37 No 7
Arensky - String Quartet No 2 in A minor, Op 35 for violin, viola and 2 cellos
Schubert - String Quintet in C major, D 956

Programme 5 (Sextet Programme)

Martinu - Sextet (1932)
Dvorak - Terzetto for 2 violins and viola, Op 74
Brahms - String Sextet No 2 in G major, Op 36

Programme 6 (Octet Programme)

Richard Strauss - Prelude to Capriccio
Dvorak - String Sextet in A major, Op 48
Lutoslawski - Silesian Melodies for 4 violins
Mendelssohn - Octet in E flat, Op 20

Supplementary Quintet Repertoire:

Purcell - 5-Part Fantasia (‘on one note’)
Onslow - String Quintet No 15 in C minor, Op 38 (The Bullet)
Glazunov - String Quintet in A major, Op 39
Gade - String Quintet in F minor (1837)
D’Ambrosio - Suite in A major, Op 8
Beethoven - String Quintet, Op 17 (arr Kyhm, 1817 after Horn Sonata)
Ferdinand Ries - String Quintet in E flat, Op 183 (Souvenir d’Italie)
Tchaikovsky - Andante Cantabile for cello and string quartet
Boccherini - String Quintet in D major, Op 11 No 6 (Bird Sanctuary)
Borodin - String Quintet in F minor
Mozart - 2 Fantasias, K 594 and K 608 (transcribed by Franz Beyer)


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