That’s Robert Schumann’s piano quintet in E-flat, Op 44. Kate and her quintet-mates performed it in its entirety this past Saturday for a packed room. The video is 31 minutes, 42 seconds long, in part because the whole thing takes about half an hour to play, and in part because there was a bit of trouble with the violist’s C-string between the 1st and 2nd movements. If you don’t have time for the whole of it, listen to the Scherzo (3rd movement at 19:10 or so). It’s a thrill ride. There are four movements in all: Allegro brillante, In mode d’una Marcia. Un poco largamente, Scherzo: Molto vivace, and Allegro ma non troppo.
And if you don’t have time for any of that, try the one below. It’s short and cheers me up when I’ve got no time whatsoever. I even sometimes hum it to myself when I am on the treadmill, both the metaphorical and the literal. The beat pushes me on.
It does not help when I have got a project to complete, however, which is what I should be working on now. For that I need to break out Glenn Gould playing The Art of the Fugue… Excellent brain food.