Chamber Music by Candlelight
Louise Farrenc enjoyed a considerable reputation during her own lifetime as a composer, pianist, and teacher. After a concert career with her husband, flutist Aristide Farrenc, she opened a publishing house in Paris, which became one of France’s leading music publishers for nearly 40 years. Farrenc was professor of piano at the Paris Conservatory, a position she held for thirty years.
Schubert's Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 was composed when Schubert was 22 years old, but was not published until a year after his death.The piece is known as the “Trout” because the fourth movement is a set of variations on Schubert's earlier Lied, “Die Forelle" (The Trout). Sets of variations on melodies from his Lieder are found in four other works by Schubert: the Death and the Maiden Quartet, D. 810, Variation on Trockne Blumen for Flute and Piano, D. 802, the Wanderer Fantasy, D. 760, and the Fantasia in C Major for Violin and Piano, D. 934.