L.V. Beethoven String Quartet No. 1, Op. 18
Beethoven wrote this piece between 1798 and 1800 and published it in 1801. The string quartet is in the key of F Major and consists of four movements. The second movement was said to have been influenced by the tomb scene from William Shakespear’s Romeo and Juliet. This was Beethoven’s second string quartet composed out of all sixteen. It is one of his many extraordinary compositions, including nine symphonies, seven concertos, one opera and thirty-two piano sonatas.
Movements I and II are shown in the above video. Movements III and IV and in the video below.
Performers: Sarah Glenn, Sam Stapleton, Alex Duval and Emma Stapleton at “An Evening of Chamber Music” on March 23, 2012 as the North End Music & Performing Arts Center presented a string quartet concert at the Old North Church.
The Chamber Music performance is part of NEMPAC’s Winter Concert Series, organized by Sherri Snow. The next NEMPAC performance is on April 27, 2012, 7pm at the Old North Church, featuring “Jazz & Beyond.” Open to the public, suggested donation $15.