Schubert – String quartet no 14 in D minor – Death and the maiden


This second version in my possession is not as good as the previous I think. Comparison is always interesting, which is why I bought it. Since this might be the most famous of all string quartets, it deserves a bit more attention.

The sad theme of the young maiden sick in bed is presented in a series of dances. These are dances of, and with Death. A march, a scherzo and a tarantella follow a classically built introduction. Each might also be viewed as different stages in the process of death and resurrection, according to theologian Frank Ruppert. An interesting way of looking at this work.

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