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It is impossible to hate someone with whom you have once seriously made music; and those who in some winter season have of their own will freely joined together in playing quartets are good friends for the rest of their lives. Anonymous article, 1810

Mozart, String Quartet in d minor, K. 421

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791

String Quartet in d minor, K. 421, 2nd of the "Haydn" Quartets, 1783

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