Quintet in a minor (Score & Parts)-BSN/STG4
Composer: Dupuy, Edouard
for bassoon and string quartet
by Edouard Dupuy (1770-1822)- Swiss-born composer, singer, and violinist
The compositional date of Du Puy's Quintet in a minor is unknown. While Du Puy contributed the first two movements of the work, a Stockholm oboist named Karl Braun composed the third movement (Rondo). Because the date of the Rondo is also unknown, it is plausible that this final movement serves as a posthumous tribute to Du Puy. This claim is supported by the recurring fragments of the first movements' principle theme, which are continually echoed in the string parts during the Rondo.
The solo bassoon part of the first two movements seems to draw upon the aspects of beautiful tone, florid delivery, shapely phrasing, and effortless technique that characterize the bel canto opera tradition- perhaps evoking the composer's own voice. Braun's Rondo utilizes lively Hungarian dances and percussive rhythmic gestures, i.e., Lombard rhythms, acciaccatura, which are reminiscent of Weber's Andante e Rondo Ongarese.