Beethoven, the latest quartet. Concert, 4 July – Barthkapel, The Hague
Beethoven's 15th string quartet, opus 132
Allegro ma non tanto
Alla Marcia, Assai Vivace
Beethoven was very much focused on having this composition finished by early February 1825. However the serious illness in the spring had interfered and only in May he was settled to write again and as a victory upon the sickness he celebrates it in his Heiliger Dankgesang, which became the third movement of this quartet.
A little more about music and style of this composition.
His earlier works for string quartet usually have a classic opening, where the first violin remains the melody supported by the other strings instruments.
The headline of the main theme can even be found in Die Grosse Fuge.
The 2-nd movement has a more dancing character: a three-quarter time Allegro ma non tanto. Slightly sprawling music with middle part resembling the "doedelzak" tones. This part is like a pause, a gesture to enjoy the momentum.
The 3-rd movement has a very sung character in the Lydian key. You can hear again the contrast in rhythm and tempo. Feels like Beethoven takes us to the heaven so divine the music is.
The 4-th movement has a dotted rhythmic march character.
The 5-th part - the final, Allegro appassionato, has again a very sung theme. The character is full of minor fire.
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