Monday, March 22, 2021
Six years after the publication of the six Opus 18 string quartets, Beethoven received a commission for three quartets from Count Razumovsky, the Russian ambassador to Vienna, who was the funder of the Schuppanzigh Quartet and himself an accomplished violinist.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
By 1798, Beethoven was ready to take up the string quartet, a genre already developed to a high art by Haydn and Mozart. Beethoven had copied out and intensively studied his predecessors' works, and after about two years and countless sketches produced a set of six string quartets published as Opus 18.