Canal March

Musical Prodigies: Mozart and Schubert

Cuarteto Casals: Vera Martínez Mehner, violin; Abel Tomás, violin; Jonathan Brown, viola and Arnau Tomás, cello

"Allegro" from Divertimento en Fa mayor KV 138 by W. A. Mozart and "Allegro" from Quartet nº 10 in E flat major D 87 by F. Schubert

If there is an archetype of musical prodigy, then surely it is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who at the tender age of 14 composed his first string quartet, a “new” genre at the time. Two years later, in 1772, he composed his Divertimento in F major KV 138, whose first movement stands out for its freshness and, at the same time, lively and determined nature. Another composer just as prodigious was Schubert, although his case was less famous than that of Mozart, perhaps because he wasn’t subjected to the same marketing strategies as the genius from Salzburg. Schubert’s juvenalia includes orchestral overtures, piano music, liturgical compositions, Lieder and numerous chamber works. Among the latter is his String Quartet no. 10 in E flat major D 87, whose last movement, vigorous in nature, is in classical sonata form, demonstrating the formal mastery of an adolescent Schubert.

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