UNCSA faculty-artists explore what inspired and was inspired by Franz Schubert’s famous
When Schubert wrote the “Trout,” he and the benefactor who commissioned the piece
were drawing inspiration from Hummel’s Piano Quintet, Op. 87, a piece that at that
time was unique in its unusual instrumentation for piano, violin, viola, cello and
double bass. “The Hummel'' employs the same virtuosity, fire and elegant Viennese
charm of its more famous offspring. The work is paired with a piece that Schubert's
“Trout'' inspired: Ellen Taafe Zwillich’s engaging, jazzy and recently composed Quintet
for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass.