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Quartet for piano and wind in E flat major
composer
1819

Recordings
'Berwald: Chamber Music' (CDD22053)
Berwald: Chamber Music
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Movement 1: Adagio – Allegro ma non troppo
Track 1 on CDD22053 CD1 [11'06] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 2: Adagio
Track 2 on CDD22053 CD1 [3'07] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 3: Finale: Allegro
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Quartet for piano and wind in E flat major
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The Quartet in E flat for piano and wind (clarinet, bassoon and horn) dates from 1819, when Berwald was in his mid-twenties. By this time he had already composed the 1817 Septet, two string quartets (the second of which does not survive), a set of variations for two violins, and a number of keyboard pieces which he published himself in his Journal de musique. Composed in the received idiom of the day and indebted to Hummel, Weber and Spohr, the Piano Quartet in E flat breaks no new moulds. It follows the usual formal conventions—the outer movements are in sonata form and the middle movement is in a simple lied form. At the same time there are some signs of individuality, and a lively intelligence and wit shine through. Though not a major part of the Berwald canon, it remains a worthwhile contribution to the chamber music repertoire.

from notes by Robert Layton © 1997

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