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Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 3, Op. 73

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

Dmitri Shostakovich, 1906-1975

String Quartet No. 3, F major, Op. 73, 1946

Just after World War II, Shostakovich, then forty, turned once again from his public orchestral music to his private chamber music, composing his String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73. While he had already written nine symphonies, Shostakovich was just settling into his emerging series of string quartets that would eventually comprise fifteen quartets written throughout his mature life, including some of his very last compositions. Many feel that the String Quartet No. 3 is among is his best quartets; it was a favorite of the composer himself. (more…)