Quartet 1, D.18, 1810
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
SATB Saxophone Quartet
Quartet 1, D 18 by Franz Schubert, string quartet transcription for saxophone quartet SATB. Quartet 1 by Schubert is not one of the great masterworks of chamber music. It was written when Schubert was 13 years old for his family string quartet. It does contain interesting melodies for all players and is a fascinating look at Schubert’s early style. The quartet has four movements:
- Andante/Presto Vivace
This string quartet transcription of String Quartet 1, D.18 by Schubert is for SATB saxophone quartet. It is of the complete string quartet and in the original keys.
- The range for each saxophone part is shown below.
- Audio and score excerpts are available above.
- Registered users can download a complete sample score and full length audio file of Quartet 1 D.18 on the ‘Samples’ tab.
Despite his brief life, Schubert was a prolific composer. He wrote more than 600 songs, nine symphonies, church music, operas, some theater music and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. Appreciation of Schubert’s music during his lifetime was limited, but interest in his work increased significantly following his death. Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn, among others, discovered and championed his works in the 19th century. Today, Schubert is seen as one of the leading exponents of the early Romantic era in music. He remains one of the most frequently performed composers.