KV 464 - A major


1. Allegro
2. Menuetto
3. Andante
4. Allegro non troppo


Sometimes known as "The Drum" after a prominant rhythmic figure in the 3rd movement, this quartet involves at least a few curiosities. It appears to have been a favorite of Beethoven's and had a strong influence on his own early quartet in A-major, Op. 18. There is a fragment of a Rondo movement which Mozart intended for the quartet, but never finished. Though incomplete, like some fragment of a greek vase, it is utterly beautiful, rich and intense, tinged with the longing for unimaginable delight of what is missing, lost, perhaps never even conceived of. Finally, this quartet begins with two movements in 3/4 time in succession. This is unusual in the literature.