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🎻♫♪ – Piano Quintet by Sergei Taneyev

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62/501Title: Piano Quintet
Composer: Sergei Taneyev
Nationality: Russian

After a ballet and an opera, it is time to listen to something a bit more abstract with this Piano Quintet by Russian composer, and friend of Tchaikovsky, Sergei Taneyev. Yes, that’s a classical piece written for piano with a four-person sting section. The name made me wonder what it would have been like to see five fully-sized pianos on stage with a bunch of violinists… sadly that’s not the case.

This is a piece in four parts which, according to the notes I took at work, I described as “peppy” and “at times playful and at others stern”. Whilst I can say that I did enjoy the rise and fall of the piece (despite the finale fizzling out a bit), there isn’t really much that is too memorable that I was able to attach a memory to. Then again, that’s kinda the problem with these more abstract pieces where there isn’t a repeating refrain.

Interestingly, Taneyev’s Piano Quintet is the penultimate one on the classical list because, by the middle of the 20th century, they were starting to fall out of vogue for being a bit behind the times. At some point I’ll be listening to Schumann’s Piano Quintet – which pretty much popularised this as a classical form.