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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat major, K. 452
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Beethoven, String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3

April 3rd, 2011

Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827

String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3, 1798-1800

Ludwig van BeethovenBeethoven’s String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3 occupies a noble, if humble, place in history. Though placed third in the Op. 18 set of six quartets published in 1801, this was the very first that Beethoven composed. An antipode to the misty mountain of Beethoven’s transcendent “late” quartets, the D Major quartet is earliest, the first time he chose to publicly try his hand with this supreme and daunting art. Haydn and Mozart and a number of other worthy composers that Beethoven admired had all significantly built a genre of high art in the shape of a four movement sonata for string quartet with a well established roster of formal contingencies (or “tendencies”) all bent on delighting the heart and mind of the avid connoisseur. Here was a rite of passage, a daring moment to entertain a dialog with colleagues, mentors and gods. « more »

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