Talk:Chamber music

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Excellent page, AlanE! A couple of additions:

  • The excellent trios by Beethoven and Brahms for cello, clarinet and piano.
  • The trios for violin, clarinet, and piano, which includes Bartok's Contrasts and numerous other 20th-century composers. Often these are programmed with the Kegelstatt, and the violinist switches to viola just for that work.
  • Schubert's Arpeggione as a frequently-transcribed work.
  • Mozart and Beethoven didn't write piano quintets as it's usually defined. It probably deserves clarification that they're for piano and winds.
  • The Dvorak and Franck piano quintets perhaps deserve a mention.JDWpianist 18:16, 31 March 2009 (EDT)

That Beethoven trio has never grabbed me, so didn't come onto the radar whilst I was writing the article. (Heretic that I am!) On the Brahms, all I can say is something like you said in a similar context: you forget what you love. I can also say the same thing about the Dvorak piano quintet, the "Dumka" movement of which I have thought of nominating to be played at my funeral.

Writing an article like that has the problem of what to put in and leave out. You will notice I didn't start naming string quartets - mainly because of my target audience, the homeschoolers. We could go on forever and eyes would glaze. Perhaps I should have mentioned the sheer numbers of Haydn's - that a certain number of composers wrote 15 of them - a particular one of Schubert - the autobiographical nature of those of Smetana and Janacek - the desire by Shostakovich to write one for each key - and so on.
I should have mentioned the "Arpeggione". I was aware of it but, once again, forgot it. (This is the sort of article you can't take from a reference book if it is to be an original work.)
Please don't hesitate to add/ delete/ change my music articles. I know it would be done with goodwill.
I think perhaps I should have mentioned the Dvorak "Bagatelles" if only for its silly uniqueness.
I am about to listen to the Franck quintet. I am not aware of it (I think).

AlanE 23:29, 1 April 2009 (EDT)

Reading the article prior to editing in your suggestions I saw that I had not forgotten the Brahms clarinet trio, but decided not to mention it in particular (like the Horn trio) because I knew that Brahms was going to be sprinkled about enough as it was in the article. And whilst on the subject of JB; should we mention the chamber music by committee, the FAE Sonata? AlanE 23:57, 1 April 2009 (EDT)

One other thought has occurred to me. Perhaps the article, since it's already of some breadth, can be split up into two parts. The first part can summarize the different genres and combinations more succinctly than is written now. The second can be an extensive works list for those who are interested. The list could be by composer or by genre. That way, we don't have to leave out any favorites, and the casual reader can learn something without their eyes glazing over... JDWpianist 09:06, 2 April 2009 (EDT)