So, I forgot to post Wednesday Music yesterday. Today’s piece is String Quintet No. 3, G. 339, Op. 39/3 by Luigi Boccherini. I really hope I have the name of it correct because the recording I have identifies it by a different number. The internet says what I wrote is right, though, so we’ll just go with that. Here’s a bit about it.
- This quintet is scored for two violins, a viola, and two cellos. Unlike Mozart’s string quintets, which have two violas and one cello, Boccherini used two cellos—probably because he was a cellist!
- Also unlike the Mozart string quintets, Boccherini wrote this one in three movements, not four as Mozart often did.
- In all of the movements, the cello often has the melody. Usually in string quartets or quintets, the violin has the melody. Again, I’m guessing this was because Boccherini was a cellist. Mozart was a violinist (before he decided to focus more on the piano), so he gave us some nice violin melodies in his chamber music.
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