Schubert: The Trout Quintet

An anecdote has it that this wonderful piece of chamber music which was written for the piano has a Hungarian reference. In 1817 at a friendly gathering in which Schubert also took part, the host offered royal old wine from Szekszárd. This was the evening when the Piano quintet popularly known as “The trout quintet” was composed.

The outstanding composer strolled away while drinking thinking of the adventurous poet’s Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubert’s poem, The Trout. No one can know for sure but the outstanding Hungarian drink might have been the inspiration for Schubert who in thirty minutes surprised his friends with an enchanting piece of music.