String Quartet No 14 in D minor, 'Death and the Maiden'
The String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, known as Death and the Maiden, is a piece by Franz Schubert that has been called "one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire." It was composed in 1824, after the composer suffered a serious illness and realized that he was dying. It is named for the theme of the second movement, which Schubert took from a song he wrote in 1817 of the same title. Some interpret it as Schubert's testament to death, and find that the theme of death is palpable in all four movements of the quartet.
The quartet was first played in 1826 in a private home, and was not published until 1831, three years after Schubert's death. It is D 810 in Otto Erich Deutsch's thematic catalog of Schubert's works.
Performances & Interviews
- Schubert: Death And The Maiden Quartethttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vrvz3.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vrvz3.jpg2014-03-19T15:18:00.000ZMisha Donat recommends a recorded version of Schubert's Death and the Maiden Quartethttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01vrw15
Schubert: Death And The Maiden QuartetMisha Donat recommends a recorded version of Schubert's Death and the Maiden Quartet