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    Default Favorite Scherzo of a Chamber Work

    3rd mvt. Scherzo of the Schubert String Quintet D 956

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    Easy and obvious answer for me, I'm afraid. Mendelssohn's Octet.

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    Favourite first movement of a chamber work: Schubert’s D 956
    Favourite second movement of a chamber work: Schubert’s D 956
    Favourite third movement of a chamber work: Schubert’s D 956
    Favourite fourth movement of a chamber work: Schubert’s D 956

    Favourite composer: Schubert

    Viva: Schubert

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    I'd have to go with Brahms' Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2. It is ever so delightful - in fact probably my favorite piece by the composer!

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    Good idea Mango

    Favourite first movement of a chamber work: Haydn quartet op. 76, no 5 'Sunrise' ex-aequo with Beethoven trio op. 97 'Archduke'

    Favourite second movement of a chamber work: Beethoven trio op. 70 no 1 'Ghost' ex-aequo with Haydn op. 76 no 4 and Schubert Piano trio no 2 (D929)

    Favourite third movement of a chamber work: Ok, I reach a lot but it is my favorite 3rd movement so far: From Georg Muffat, Armonico Tributo, Allemanda Grave e forte, 3rd movement of a 6 movement sonata.

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    Maybe too the 3rd movement from Beethoven op. 97 piano trio 'Archduke"é

    Favourite fourth movement of a chamber work: Boccherini Guitar quintet in D major (G445), Beethoven piano trio op. 70 no 2, Haydn op. 33 no 1. And Schubert Piano trio no 2 (D929)

    Too difficult to pick one.
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    Alexandre Tansman always knew how to write incredibly fun and intelligent scherzos. My favorite would have to be the second movement of his Trio no. 2 for piano, cello, and violin. Similarly, his string quartets almost always featured a rollicking scherzo movement in the middle that would really test the players rhythmic clout (lots of sharp 5 over 4 patterns and otherwise) and pizzicato chops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChamberNut View Post
    3rd mvt. Scherzo of the Schubert String Quintet D 956

    What else could it be but D 956?

    Hey, I have recently found a super-duper version of D 956. It's by the Hagen Quartet, with Heinrich Schiff as extra cello. You won't be disappointed, I promise you.

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    Mango! Welcome back.

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    It has to be the rhythmically exciting, uplifting and pleasant Scherzo from Beethoven's Cello Sonata No. 3 Op. 69.

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    I have no particular favorite scherzo movements, i always thought of them as a little fun piece in the middle of a bigger and more serious work. But, if you insisted on naming things, sure, i think Mendelssohn's octet's scherzo is pretty inspired.

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    Well, what I'd like to mention is not a scherzo namely, but in character it definitely is one. It's the Allegro part of Shostakovich's Adagio & Allegro for String Quartet. Hilarious pizzicato, many dissonant chords, drunken melodies... excellent!

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    Brahm's Piano quartet in C minor 2nd mvt.
    Faure's Piano quartet in C minor 2nd mvt.
    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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    Oh, come on!

    The second movement from Ravel's quartet.

    And the "Scherzo. Allegro molto" from Nielsen's first string quartet, partially because after it comes... the fourth movement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hexameron View Post
    It has to be the rhythmically exciting, uplifting and pleasant Scherzo from Beethoven's Cello Sonata No. 3 Op. 69.
    That's definitely a good one. There are too many from which to choose, but here's mine:

    Brahms Piano Quintet Op. 34.

    It rocks.

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    The scherzo from Beethoven's 16th 4tet op. 135 (F major)-- oddly it is the second movement, which resembles the scherzo in his 6th symphony (another favourite). I believe *technically* it is a scherzo... (correct me if I'm wrong).

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