Thursday, April 1, 2021
When Beethoven sent his last string quartet to the publisher, he included the following note: “Here, my dear friend, is my last quartet. It will be the last; and indeed it has given me much trouble. For I could not bring myself to compose the last movement. But as your letters were reminding me of it, in the end I decided to compose it. And that is the reason why I have written the motto: 'Der schwer gefaßte Entschluss. Muß es sein? Es muß sein, es muß sein.' (The difficult resolution. Must it be? It must be, it must be!)".
Sunday, March 28, 2021
In 1822, at the suggestion of a member of Prince Galitzin's private quartet, Beethoven received a commission for three string quartets, thus beginning the great project of the late quartets that would occupy him for the last two and a half years of his life.