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Katherine ventures into 18th and 19th century Europe to discover three of the great composers of the Classical Era – Haydn, Schubert and Mendelssohn.
Born just 12 years before Haydn’s death. Franz Schubert was also a hugely prolific composer but – whereas Haydn lived 77 years – Schubert had only 31 to produce such a large amount of wonderful music. Some 600 songs, nine symphonies, religious music, operas, solo piano music and marvellous works for chamber ensembles. 'One of my favourites is a piece Schubert wrote when he was just 22 which we now usually call the Trout Quintet,' says Katherine. 'It’s known as the Trout because the fourth movement is a set of variations on an earlier Schubert song called, funnily enough, the Trout.' The song was originally a warning to young women against being 'caught' by 'angling' young men. But Schubert didn’t set the final lines of the poem, preferring to concentrate on evoking the image of the trout in water and the reaction to it being caught by a fisherman.
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