BEETHOVEN'S LATE STRING QUARTETS



 


Beethoven 1823


"The seventeen Beethoven string quartets are to chamber music what the plays of Shakespeare are to drama and what the self-portraits of Rembrandt are to portraiture. . . . ", is what Robert Winter and Robert Martin write in the introduction to their 1993 book, "The Beethoven Quartet Companion".   In their opinion, that is true for all of Beethoven's string quartets.  To what heightened extent would that, then, be true for his unique late string quartets?    If we want to attempt to gain an as lively impression of this concept as possible, then we should try to do so by taking up the thread there where Beethoven's lively connection to his last string quartet of his so-called 'middle' periods ended.  Let us try to do so in the very next section! 

Transition Page to Beethoven's late String Quartets

Beethoven's Return to this Compositional Genre, 
Prince Gallitzin's Commission from the year 1822 and its Delay in the Year 1823
[All of the above pages and the creation histories to op. 127 and op. 132 can already be accessed; the other creation history pages will follow]

Op. 127  

Op. 132

Op. 130

Op. 131

Op. 135

  Bibliography