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    Brahms' 1st String Quintet in F major was written in the spring of 1882 (hence its nickname 'Spring'). As was a departure from the norm for him , Brahms devised this quintet as a three-movement work. The 1st movement, Allegro non troppo ma con brio, with its rich melodies and pastoral feel...
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    Mendelssohn's 1st String Quintet was written in 1826, shortly after the completion of the String Octet, when he was just seventeen years old. 6 years later, and dissatisfied with the original minuet second movement, he substituted a slow movement composed in memory of his friend, the violinist...
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    Commissioned by Count Moritz Fries, this is Beethoven's only full-length string quintet intended specifically for the configuration of two violins, two violas, and cello. It was composed in 1801 as he was beginning a transition between his early and middle phases. At this time Beethoven was...
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    Nielsen wrote his only String Quintet in 1888, at the age of 23ish and in a period of personal upheaval after he had fathered a child with a young housemaid in Copenhagen (Nielsen's infidelities were a constant stress throughout his marriage) that cost him his engagement to another woman...
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    Vaughan Williams penned his Phantasy Quintet in 1912 and dedicated it to William Wilson Cobbett, the creator of a new competition. The aim of this 'Cobbett Competition' was to encourage a younger generation of British composers to write chamber music. Cobbett envisaged the concept of modeling a...
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    Whilst in Spillville, Dvořák began writing compositions influenced by all the music around him, first with his 12th "American" Quartet and then, 'inspired' by the music of the Kickapoo tribe, the op.97 Quintet. Dvorak wrote the whole quintet in five weeks in 1893, Both the American Quartet and...
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