String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135

🎼🎶 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!)".

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String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

🎼🎶 Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Opus 132 was the second of the three quartets commissioned by Prince Galitzin (the others being Opus 127and 130). Beethoven began the composition in March of 1825 but then became seriously ill, necessitating weeks of bed rest and a complete change of diet. This is said to be the genesis of the centerpiece of this work, the Molto Adagio movement to which Beethoven gave the title “Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart " (Holy Song of Thanksgiving of a Convalescent to the Deity, in the Lydian Mode).
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String Quartet No. 14 in C# minor, Op. 131

🎼🎶 Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Although Beethoven regarded the Opus 131 Quartet in C-sharp minor as his greatest, it was not publicly premiered until 1835, seven years after the composer's death. In 1828, the dying Franz Schubert requested a private performance of the quartet, after which he is said to have exclaimed, “After this, what is left for us to write?”.
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String Quartet No. 13 in Bb Major, Op. 130

🎼🎶 Monday, March 29, 2021
The Opus 130 string quartet is a magnificent work of six movements, more like scenes and acts of a play, the last of which was originally the Grosse Fuge (Great Fugue). After the quartet premiered, Beethoven was persuaded to replace the fugue with a shorter and more genial finale and publish the fugue separately (Opus 133).
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String Quartet No. 12 in Eb Major, Op. 127

🎼🎶 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. 

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Beethoven in the Garden of Gethsemane

🎼🎶 Saturday, March 27, 2021
Before moving to the late quartets, here is the presentation from the Schiller Institute's conference March 20-21 of Diane Sare, founder of the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus, entitled "Beethoven in the Garden of Gethsemane".
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String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95

🎼🎶 Friday, March 26, 2021

Although composed in 1810 and formally classified as the last of the “middle quartets”, the Opus 95 “Quartetto Serioso” (as Beethoven called it) has much in common with the “late quartets” composed more than a decade later. 

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String Quartet No. 10 in Eb Major, Op. 74

🎼🎶 Thursday, March 25, 2021

Just a year after the Opus 59 "Razumovsky Quartets", Beethoven composed his first standalone quartet, Opus 74, nicknamed "The Harp" for its plucked arpeggios in the first movement.

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String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59-3

🎼🎶 Wednesday, March 24, 2021
The third of the "Razumovsky Quartets" is sometimes called the "Eroica" because of its triumphant finale. It begins with a dark, mysterious introduction reminiscent of Mozart's "Dissonance Quartet", a work which Beethoven greatly admired. 
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String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59-2

🎼🎶 Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Beethoven’s “Razumovsky Quartets” took the string quartet out of the salon and onto the concert stage, no longer to be considered "light entertainment".

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