Johannes Brahms: String Quintet No. 1 in F
During the days of Brahms, there were two composers who were the model composers of the String Quintet genre: Schubert, who added a cello to the string quartet, and Mozart, who added a viola. For his first String Quintet, Brahms chose to follow the Mozart model, and the result was a work with unusual instrumental voicings – such as the second violin playing above the first – and creative structural patterns. Not just that, though – the entire quintet is made up of different ideas that would normally come off as lacking cohesion; but in the hands of Brahms, it holds together and it works.