String Quartet No. 13 (Schubert)

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"Rosamunde Quartet" redirects here. For the German musical quartet, see Rosamunde Quartett.

The String Quartet No. 13 in A minor (the Rosamunde Quartet), D. 804, Op. 29, was written by Franz Schubert between February and March 1824. It dates roughly to the same time as his monumental Death and the Maiden Quartet, emerging around three years after his previous attempt to write for the string quartet genre, the Quartettsatz, D. 703, that he never finished.

Schubert dedicated the work to Schuppanzigh, who served as the first violinist of the string quartet appointed by Beethoven. Schuppanzigh himself played in the premiere performance which took place on 14 March 1824.



The quartet consists of four movements which last around 30 minutes in total.

  1. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Andante
  3. Menuetto: Allegretto – Trio
  4. Allegro moderato


The first movement opens in a way reminiscent of the melancholic theme from one of Schubert's earliest songs, Gretchen am Spinnrade and also quotes "Schöne Welt, wo bist du?". It is the second movement, however, which has lent the Quartet its nickname, being based on a theme from the incidental music for Rosamunde (a similar theme appears in the Impromptu in B-flat written three years later). The minuet is inspired by the melody of another song by Schubert, Die Götter Griechenlands, D. 677.

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