'The Celebrated Minuet’, and other music for String Quintet
May 10, 2020 1:38 PM Subscribe
In classical chamber music the standard string quartet line-up of two violins, viola & cello when joined by a fifth player (typically a second violist or cellist; less often a double-bassist or a third violinist) naturally forms a string quintet. Perhaps the single most recognisable piece for string quintet (on this occasion including a second cello) is the 3rd movement of Luigi Boccherini’s Quintet in E major, op. 11 no. 5, aka The Celebrated Minuet, which, for example, features prominently in The Ladykillers; serves as background music in the restaurant scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; and even turns up, re-arranged, performed by Spinal Tap. But Boccherini wrote over a hundred quintets: if you feel inclined, look inside to find one of them, plus a couple of dozen quintets by other composers...
- Luigi Boccherini - String Quintet (no. 36) in A minor, op. 25 no. 6, G. 300 (1778).
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - String Quintet (no. 3) in C major, K. 515 (1787).
- Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quintet in C major ‘Storm’, op. 29 (1801).
- Sigismund Neukomm - String Quintet ‘Une Fête de Village en Suisse’, (ca. 1818).
- Franz Schubert - String Quintet in C major, op. posth. 163, D. 956, (1828).
- Louis Spohr - String Quintet (no. 4) in A Minor, op. 91 (1834).
- Felix Mendelssohn - String Quintet (no. 2) in B flat major, op. 87 (1845).
- George Onslow - String Quintet (no. 30) in E minor, op. 74 (1848).
- Franz Lachner - String Quintet in C-minor, op.121 (1866).
- Antonín Dvořák - String Quintet (no. 2) in G major, op. 77 (1875).
- Anton Bruckner - String Quintet in F major, WAB 112 (1879).
- Ethel Smyth - String Quintet in E major, op. 1 (1885).
- Johannes Brahms - String Quintet (no. 2) in G Major, op. 111 (1890).
- Alexander Glazunov - String Quintet in A major, op. 39 (1892)
- Sergei Taneyev - String Quintet (no. 1) in G Major, op. 14 (1901)
- Ralph Vaughan Williams - ’Phantasy Quintet’ (1912).
- Max Bruch - String Quintet (no. 1) in A minor, op. posth. (1918).
- Bohuslav Martinů - String Quintet, H. 164 (1927).
- Walter Braunfels: String Quintet in F sharp minor, op. 63 (1945)
- Roger Sessions: String Quintet, (1958).
- Alexander Lokshin - String Quintet ‘in Memory of Shostakovich’, (1978).
- Morton Feldman - Violin & String Quartet, (1985).
- Einojuhani Rautavvara - String Quintet, ’Les Cieux Inconnues’, (1997).
- Brett Dean - String Quintet ‘Epitaphs’, (2010).
- Hanna Kulenty – ’Five for Five’ for String Quintet, (2013).