Schumann Piano Quartet Analysis
WORK: | Piano Quartet in Eb major Mvmt’1 Op.47 By Robert Schumann |
<Instrumentation: Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano>
Robert Alexander Schumann was a German Romantic composer and music critic who lived from 8 June 1810 to 29 July 1856. He composed this piece in 1842, also known as his ‘Chamber Music Year.’ Schumann had never written a chamber work until this year except an early piano quartet in 1829. However, in 1842, he composed the Three String Quartets Op. 41, the Piano Quintet Op.44, the Piano Quartet Op.47 and a piano trio, which became the Fantasiestuke Op. 88 later on. This Piano Quartet is also known as the …show more content…
Example of when the C is replaced with a C#
Example of the use of sequence (line in the cello, which is played in canon with the violin)
The recapitulation begins with 2nd subject of the exposition played by the cello in bar 237. After the recap of the exposition for a few bars, the whole 2nd subject is repeated but in different keys with the first time it was played. Apart from the different keys, everything else is the same until it reaches the lead in to the Sostenuto, which will lead in to the coda this time. This passage has been lengthened and ends with a C diminished chord.
The changed lead into the coda
The piu agitato section brings the whole movement to conclusion. The piece ends very diatonic after all those crazy modulations it had been doing!