Complete String Quartets by Ludwig van BeethovenThis single volume contains all the string quartets of Beethoven: the six quartets of Opus 18; the three quartets of Opus 59; Opera 74 and 95; and the late quartets, Opera 127, 130, 131, 132, and 135. The volume concludes with the Grosse Fuge, Opus 133.
The music is photographically reprinted from the Breitkopf & Härtel printed score, still considered the standard, authoritative edition for the Beethoven quartets.
Noteheads in this edition have been reproduced in a size large enough to be read easily from a music stand or the keyboard, and margins and spaces between staves are conveniently wide to permit written notes, harmonic analysis, fingerings, and running measure numbers. This edition is practical for study, reference, enjoyment — virtually any use.
Michael Parloff: Lecture on Beethoven Quartets Op. 132, Op. 130, & the Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
Beethoven's String Quartets: John Suchet's guide to the music
In the s my mother put up with a lot of dreadful music. She bought me a trumpet and insisted I play it for an hour every day. She loved Perry Como and Nat King Cole, but never blinked an eye as my rock and roll collection grew and took over the family stereo. But she drew the line at Neil Young. This is the private voice of a man who changed the course of music. And what an adventurous voice it is.
Ludwig van Beethoven 's late string quartets are the following works:. These six works are Beethoven's last major completed compositions. Although dismissed by musicians and audiences of Beethoven's day, they are now widely considered to be among the greatest musical compositions of all time,    and they have inspired many later composers. Prince Nikolai Galitzine commissioned the first three quartets numbers 12, 13 and 15 and in a letter dated 9 November , offered to pay Beethoven "what you think proper" for the three works. Beethoven replied on 25 January with his price of 50 ducats for each opus. Beethoven wrote the last quartets in failing health.
Stephen Johnson is the guest of the Sowerby Music in Yorkshire for an exploration of one of the pinnacles of the repertory, Beethoven's String Quartet in A minor, Opus This is one of the so called "late" quartets of Beethoven, written after he had recovered from a debilitating illness. Beethoven used the quartet medium to grapple with some of his deepest feelings and sensibilities and the work is striking for the profundity of its expression and its novel and imaginative use of form. At the heart of the work lies one of the composers' most heart felt slow movements - an expression of an artist's thanks to God after recovering from illness. Stephen is joined by members of the Wihan Quartet who perform illustrations of the work, and he explores the piece by way of a series of queries and questions from the members of Sowerby Music. Listen to programmes examining the life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven.
The middle-period quartets see a composer even more confident in his own powers and willing to push boundaries. A set of three quartets, Opus 59, were commissioned by the Russian Ambassador and patron of the arts Count Andreas Razumovsky for his newly hired on-staff string quartet led by the noted violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh.
The five Late Quartets, written in the final years of his life, transcend anything he or anyone else had ever composed. Listening to the notes we see deep into the soul of this difficult, irascible man by now profoundly deaf. He has bared himself, exposed his emotions to us in a more profound way than words could ever express. He composed the 16 String Quartets in three fairly distinct blocks — nos. But when he began — again characteristically — he threw himself at it, producing a set of no fewer than six separate Quartets. He sent the first of the set to a friend, and then wrote to him:. For only now have I learned to write quartets properly — as you will surely see when you receive them.