The quartet was written in when his health was a cause for concern. Prestoin D minor and 6 8 time First movement: Allegro[ edit ] In the measure introduction, Schubert establishes the elements that will carry through the entire movement.
Death and the Maiden, the Earl king and boy, and Schubert, the mortified witness, beholding it all. There is indeed something demonic in this fast-paced scherzo, full of syncopations and, like the other movements, dramatic leaps from fortissimo to pianissimo.
This leads into a recapitulation of the second section, and then a return of the main section of the rondo. In the 20th century, British composer John Foulds and American composer Andy Stein made versions for full symphony orchestra. Towards the end, Schubert appears to be drawing the piece to an emphatic close, with a coda in a quicker tempo; but by a stroke of genius he allows the music to return to its original speed, and the piece sinks to a pianissimo close, as though all energy were spent.
Harmonies are far more developed than his earlier works which are clearly influenced by earlier classical music. Schubert's lyrical themes abound, his rhythms rock and his formal schemes are more taut that in any of the late chamber works.
Death: Give me your hand, you beautiful and tender form! Prithee, leave me!
The scherzo is a short movement, serving as an interlude leading to the frenetic last movement. Composed inafter the composer suffered through a serious illness and realized that he was dying, it is Schubert's testament to death.