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Felix Mendelssohn Felix Mendelssohn

Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58
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There should be a single Art Exchange in the world, to which the artist would simply send his works and be given in return as much as he needs. As it is, one has to be half a merchant on top of everything else, and how badly one goes about it.Ludwig van Beethoven

Grieg, String Quartet No. 2, (Unfinished)

April 1st, 2007

Edvard Grieg, 1843-1907

String Quartet No. 2 in F Major (Unfinished), 1891

Edvard GriegEdvard Grieg is the most well known Norwegian composer associated with the nationalistic trend in Romantic music in the latter part of the 19th century. Despite such blockbuster favorites as the Piano Concerto in a minor and the incidental music to Peer Gynt (particularly Morning Mood and The Hall of the Mountain King), Grieg is especially prized for his intimate musical miniatures: his art songs and his numerous Lyrical Pieces for solo piano. He wrote a small body of distinctive chamber music including sonatas for violin and cello, a one movement piano trio and two works for string quartet. Grieg wrote his only complete quartet, the String Quartet in g minor, in 1878. It garnered the admiration of Debussy and clearly influenced his own quartet in the same key written several years later. Ravel once said that nothing he wrote was very far from Grieg’s influence. « more »

Exploring the String Quartet—The First 250 Years

Exploring the String QuartetSince its birth around 1760, the string quartet has maintained a vital and profound hold on composers, players and listeners: it has been the vehicle par excellence for a rich continuum of some of the finest music composed throughout the last 250 years. Across time, nationality, and centuries of changing style, the string quartet has formed the backbone of small ensemble chamber music with a rich lore. Music for the string quartet consistently features lyrical beauty, complex harmony, intense passion, powerful rhythm and elegant formal design. From the most intimate personal expression to the most brilliant virtuosity, from the ancient and otherworldly to edgy grooves of the present day, the string quartet appears to be an infinitely flexible ensemble engaging great composers and performers in one of the richest living traditions of music in all of history. For many, if not most, however, it a rarely encountered “hidden” genre, while historically, culturally, musically, for others, it is the mother lode. Take some time to discover this stunning genre, the heart of the matter. Explore

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