Piano Quintet (Shostakovich)

Piano Quintet (Shostakovich)

The "Piano Quintet in G Minor", opus 57, by Dmitri Shostakovich is one of his best known chamber works. Like most piano quintets, it is written for piano and string quartet (two violins, viola and cello).

Shostakovich began work on the piece in the summer of 1940 and completed it on September 14 of the same year. It was written for the Beethoven Quartet, as were most of his string quartets, and premiered by them with Shostakovich himself at the piano on November 23, 1940 at the Moscow Conservatory, to great success. In 1941, it was awarded the Stalin Prize.


The quintet is in five movements:

#"Prelude: Lento"
#"Fugue: Adagio"
#"Scherzo: Allegretto"
#"Intermezzo: Lento"
#"Finale: Allegretto"

External links

* [http://www.classical.net/music/recs/reviews/p/phi32079a.php Classical Net Review]
* [http://www.uga.edu/mgsa/symposium_05/pmiller.pdf Baroque Forms in Shostakovich's Piano Quintet, Op. 57]

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