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Simon

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Sterndale Bennett´s Piano Quintet?
« on: Sunday 14 January 2018, 16:46 »
Lately, I have uncovered two different sources referring to a Quintet for piano and wind instruments by William Sterndale Bennett. The first is the 1897 British Musical Biography (under "Bennett, Sir William Sterndale"), the second being the 1890 Grove Dictionary (under "University Musical Societies"). It seems to be unnoticed by modern sources.

According to the Grove Dictionary entry, it was performed on November 17, 1856, in Cambridge, by the composer himself with professional wind players by his side. I see that Sterndale Bennett had performed Beethoven's Piano Quintet Op. 16 in April of the same year (he had also played the piano part in a performance of Mozart's Quintet K. 452 in February 1853), so I guess it could be the inspiration for this work.

Does anyone know more about this lost Quintet? Is it also "in private ownership" (such as the Piano Concerto No. 6 and the overture The Tempest)? Any details about the instrumentation or the first performance?

Thanks!

semloh

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Re: Sterndale Bennett´s Piano Quintet?
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 17 January 2018, 12:14 »
Well spotted, Simon! This is fascinating. The Grove reference you mention reappears in the 1900 edition, although no such work is listed under Bennett’s name. As far as I can tell, the current Grove makes no reference to the work at all. A “piano quintet” is noted in Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (5th ed. 1958), but not in Brown’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (1886), and it doesn’t appear in the detailed list of works, published and unpublished, in the biography by his son The Life of William Sterndale Bennett (Bennett 1907).

Which is no help at all!  ::)

giles.enders

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Re: Sterndale Bennett´s Piano Quintet?
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 24 January 2018, 11:40 »
I have drawn this news to the attention of Barry Sterndale-Bennett.  He is looking into the matter.  It is certainly not in the hands of "private ownership" as it is known what is in that collection.

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Re: Sterndale Bennett´s Piano Quintet?
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 17 February 2018, 22:48 »
Any further news on this yet, Giles? Any more information, anyone?

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Re: Sterndale Bennett´s Piano Quintet?
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 18 February 2018, 04:03 »
Nothing at this point... I’ll try to get in touch with the Cambridge University Musical Society next week and ask them for details of the 1856 program.