Quartettsatz, D 103 (Schubert)

The Quartettsatz in c-Moll (English: Quartet Movement in C minor), D. 103 was composed by Franz Schubert in 1814. It is believed to be the only surviving movement of a complete quartet in C minor.[1][2]


The movement is believed to be one of several quartets sold to Anton Diabelli by Ferdinand Schubert following his brother's death in 1828. Remaining unpublished, the surviving manuscript comprising an incomplete movement that ends at the recapitulation came into the possession of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde during the latter half of the 19th century.[3] Musicologist Alfred Orel prepared a performing version that was published in 1939.[1][2]


The composition as completed for performance consists of a single movement marked Grave - Allegro and lasts around 8 minutes.[1][2]


  1. (Ussi 2004, p. 6)
  2. (Anderson 2007)
  3. (Black 1996, p. 171)
  • Aderhold, Werner (editor). New Schubert Edition, Series VI, Volume 4: String Quartets II. Bärenreiter, 1994.
  • Anderson, Keith (2007). Franz Schubert:String Quartets (Complete) Vol. 7 (CD). Naxos Records. 8.557126. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  • Black, Brian (1996). Schubert's Apprenticeship In Sonata Form: The Early String Quartets (PDF) (Ph.D.). McGill University.
  • Deutsch, Otto Erich (and others). Schubert Thematic Catalogue (several editions), No. 103.
  • Ussi, Larius J. (Spring 2004). "Franz Schubert's Unknown String Quartets - Part III" (PDF). The Chamber Music Journal. 15 (1): 5–8. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
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