String Quartet No. 14, 1st movement

String Quartet No. 14, 1st movement

Franz Schubert

Isabel Charisius's masterclasses

English 1 h 55 min Chamber music

In this chamber music masterclass, Isabel Charisus and the Quartetto Eos work on active listening, taking risks, and building trust.

Produced by the Saline royale Academy in October, 2020 at Arc-et-Senans.

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The masterclass

About this masterclass

World-renowned soloists Isabel Charisius and her students explore the core fundamentals of being in a string quartet by learning how to communicate, trust, and understand each other as a team.

In addition, Isabel Charisius provokes her students by asking questions about the String Quartet No. 14, 1st movement, such as "What state of mind was Franz Schubert in, or in what kind of situation was he put through to inspire this piece?". Through exploring the struggle Schubert went through, the students improve their understanding of Schubert's intent for the piece.

Furthermore, the students work on vibrato, where and when not to do a crescendo, dynamic expression, building trust, and actively listening to other players.

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Building trust amongst the players.
  2. Balancing between the soloist and the accompaniments.
  3. Understanding the piece's intent.
  4. Dynamic expression.
  5. Comfortable bow direction.
  • Student:Quartetto Eos
  • Instruments: Chamber music
  • Date:04 November 2020
  • Academy:Academy Nov. 1 - Nov. 8, 2020
Isabel Charisius

Isabel Charisius

I know it's riskier, but no risk means no fun!

Isabel Charisius

Sheet music

Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this music chamber masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Isabel Charisius’s feedback and comments.

Isabel Charisius

Isabel Charisius

The prize winners were selected by a jury comprising (Alban Berg Quartet), 1983 to mark the 50th anniversary of Banff Centre.

Isabel Charisius is one of the finest violists and chamber musicians of her generation. As a member of the legendary Alban Berg Quartet, soloist and solo violist with leading orchestras, Isabel has appeared regularly at the most prestigious venues in Europe, the Americas and Asia.


She enjoys working in projects with distinguished string quartets, various ensembles and many renowned soloists at international venues and is frequently invited as a jury member on top international competitions.


For many years, Isabel has been dedicated to the development of new generations of musicians. She is an internationally recognised teacher of viola and chamber music. Her prolific teaching activity at the Universities of Cologne and Lucerne as well as a wide range of masterclasses at some of the most prestigious institutions gave rise to a large community of alumni. Students of Isabel can be found among the winners of international competitions and many of them are members of the world’s finest ensembles and orchestras. Isabel Charisius plays the extraordinary viola «ABQ» by Laurentius Storioni (1780).


Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert was born in Vienna, Austria in 1797 and displayed a natural musical talent at an early age. Growing up in a musical family, Schubert’s own brother would be his first music teacher. At 7-years-old, the young boy was sent to audition with Antonio Salieri to begin his formal education. After a successful meeting, Schubert was recruited to sing mezzo-soprano in a small choir for the services in the imperial Hofkapelle. Around this time, he learned how to play the violin, counterpoint, figured bass, singing, and organ lessons by his father.

His education would continue at the Royal City College, where he would remain for the following five years. During these early years of his life, Schubert already began to compose is first masterpieces. By adolescence, his understanding of composition deepened, and the now prolific composer wrote 150 songs by eighteen-years-old. Many of the lieder he wrote during this time are still widely celebrated for their mastery today. They include, An die musik, Nacht und Träume, Der Erlkönig, Ich wollt, and more.

Despite the composer’s genius and the fact that he managed to publish some of his works during his lifetime, Schubert was economically unstable, which worsened after 1824 after showing early symptoms of syphilis that would eventually take his life in 1828.

Franz Schubert’s work embodies two periods of classical music: Viennese classical and early Romanticism. His pieces are emotional and poetic in nature, but nevertheless fit a classical mold.  Schubert enjoyed experimenting with expression, modulation and was very influential in the genre of the Lied.

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