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  1. Blog
    Commissioned by Count Moritz Fries, this is Beethoven's only full-length string quintet intended specifically for the configuration of two violins, two violas, and cello. It was composed in 1801 as he was beginning a transition between his early and middle phases. At this time Beethoven was...
  2. Classical Music Discussion
    Looking forward to the Miró Quartet joining Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth for the Beethoven Quartet Cycle beginning November 7 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The week will include masterclasses with members of Miró and lectures with Bill McGlaughlin, host of Exploring Music, and...
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    The String Quartet in F major (Hess 34) is Beethoven’s quartet arrangement of his piano sonata in E major, op.14/1. Its been suggested that Ludwig was fed up with shoddy arrangements of this particular work by publishers and other composers whilst others have suggested (with little or no proof)...
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    Hi everyone! I'm new here so I have no idea if this will work out. Also quiet new in the world of classical recording stuff. I have a Columbia LP (C 90 493) of Beethoven's Third with Klemperer and the Philharmonia Orchestra. I know a Klemperer/PO recording from 1957(59?), but not associated with...
  5. Today's Composers
    It was my joy to do recently an orchestration of one of Beethoven's greatest string quartet Adagios - from op. 59,1 I hope it will move you as it moves me ... Gerd
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    Most people know the history of the Grosse Fugue and its place as part of, or apart from, the 13th quartet (if you don't, look it up) . There are many recordings as part of cycles where it is often done separately and tacked onto recordings of the 13th (or even on other discs not with the 13th...
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    The first movement of Beethoven's 1st quartet highlights that Beethoven, even this early, had mastered the classical forms of Mozart and Haydn but was building his own style, using small motifs and other interesting devices to elevate his style from that of his predecessors. If the first...
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    The first movement of Beethoven's 2nd quartet has a pleasing warmth. It's also full of unexpected joys such as the extended section in a totally different key. It's rounded off by a coda with a peaceful ending. The second movement has a very unusual structure with a joyful allegro in the middle...
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    One of the gentlest of Beethoven's earlier works, the D major Quartet is one that I often think is difficult to get right. I love how the first movement sounds like it's going to be a slow movement before it bursts into its allegro form (like a superhero emerging). Beethoven breaks all the rules...
  10. Classical Music Discussion
    Recently I decided to begin with piano concertos since I just explored the 5 greatest violin concertos by general consensus (Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn & Sibelius). Anyway I decided to start with Beethoven, and specifically his 3rd Piano Concerto, no idea why. After listening to...
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    The dramatic (and my favourite) opening movement of Op.18/4 is filled with the prevailing Sturm und Drang of the time and its followed by its second theme of wistful longing. Plenty of use of unison chords, double and triple stops in that opening movements and it's hard not to smile at the wit...
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    In Mozart's six quartets dedicated to Haydn the fifth is A major and was almost certainly a direct model for Beethoven. Both quartets use the same four-movement program. There's a second movement scherzo and a third movement theme and variations. Yet these are two very different compositions...
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    The final early quartet seems to hark more to Haydn with regards both texture and theme. Beethoven honoured his commission to Prince Joseph Franz Maximillian Lobkowitz. They were published in 1801 and Beethoven was not happy with the many typo errors in the first edition. The key of Bb major...
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    From Wiki... "String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, was written and published in 1808. This is the third of three of his "Razumovsky" quartets. The introductory andante con moto section of the first movement is not directly related to the rest of the movement and serves a similar...
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    From Wiki (apologies for my laziness).. According to Carl Czerny, the second movement of the quartet occurred to Beethoven as he contemplated the starry sky and thought of the music of the spheres (Thayer, Life of Beethoven); it has a hymnlike quality reminiscent of a much later devotion, the...
  16. Classical Music Discussion
    I haven’t listened to many 8th’s, but I like karajan’s 63 recording, because for me he chooses just the right tempi, except in the 3rd movement, that’s why I’m curious to hear all your recommendations. Fire away!
  17. Classical Music Discussion
    Lately I have been trying to find the best recordings for every Beethoven Symphony. I have been copying the 10 recommended recordings from Trout's blog here on TC for the Beethoven symphonies that he made a blog post about (3,5,6,7 & 9) and I have been copying every recommendation from David...
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    The first of the late quartets, String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127, was completed in February of 1825. With little time for rehearsals, the Schuppanzigh Quartet gave the premiere on March 1825 in Vienna and it was poorly received. One reviewer wrote that the work was an "incomprehensible...
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    In the 10th quartet the "Harp" refers to the lovely pizzicato sections in the first movement allegro where quartet members alternate notes so it sounds like the plucking of a harp. The name was created by Beethoven's publisher, not the composer himself (at least it was a decent nickname)...
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    Beethoven's 15th String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 was the second of his late quartets to be written. It's thought that Beethoven planned it as a four-movement quartet but this was interrupted by a severe stomach illness that Beethoven feared would kill him. When he recovered, he added a new...
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