I’m taking chamber music at my college and I’ve been assigned to a cello quintet (2 violins viola 2 cellos). I’ve never been in a cello quintet not have I ever played or heard one. I need some suggestions for repertoire that my group can play backside none of us have any idea what to play since none of us had ever heard of a cello quintet. There’s another cello quintet that is already playing the Schubert quintet which after researching I found out it’s one of if not the most famous one. Therefore it’s been advised that we play something different so that people aren’t hearing the same piece at the concert.
Thanks in advance
Until Schubert, I think Boccherini was pretty much the only one with any interest in the format. And after him, this list gets even shorter.
Try the quintets by Borodin and Glazunov. I think the Borodin is especially underrated.
Like the Glazunov. Onslow also wrote many. Also Tanayev, Molbe, Bazzini
Editions Silvertrust has several as well.
The Boccherini can be challenging for the first cello.
At the concert, are you all just playing one movement, or the whole thing? If just one movement, I'd still opt for the Schubert, which is a masterwork. Just pick a different movement for the performance than the other group.
I think Onslow is worth seriously considering. I worked on one of this quartets once in a one week chamber music course and I was impressed with the work.
There's one by Robert Simpson, but I don't think I've heard it. I expect it would be quite challenging technically.
The Op77 quintet by Felix Draeseke is a fine work although maybe not very audience-friendly. The Op8 Suite by Alfredo D'Ambrosio on the other hand is arch-romantic and should go down well. Both have parts available on IMSLP
Off-the-beaten track: Ethel Smyth's Op 1, No 1 is a pretty neat cello quintet. The music is available at IMSLP,and there are at least two good recordings floating around youtube.
It's a course, right? The professor knows what movement the other cello quintet is playing! For goodness' sake, ask.
What Paul said. And sheesh, you probably have 10 different digital communication mechanisms with which you could reach out to the other students and ASK. Or you could *gasp* find them face to face in the music building sometime.
F.Y.I. Onslow’s are often written with alternative viola and cello parts. The story I heard was that Dragonetti subbed on the 2nd cello at a concert and Onslow loved the sound. I have played a couple on bass and viola and find them quite enjoyable.