String Quartet No. 4 (Mendelssohn)

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The String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2, was composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1837, and revised in 1839.[1]

This work was premièred on 29 October 1837 at Leipzig with great success, and published as full score in 1840.[2] The piece is part of the Op. 44 set of 3 string quartets that Mendelssohn dedicated to the Crown Prince of Sweden.[3] While Mendelssohn's first and second quartet was written under the influence of Beethoven, Op.44 exhibits clear sprouting of composer's originality in style.[1]

Movements[edit]

Like all of Mendelssohn's string quartets, this work has four movements:

  1. Allegro assai appassionato
  2. Scherzo: Allegro di molto
  3. Andante
  4. Presto agitato

A typical performance just under 30 minutes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Booklet for Hyperion CDS44051/3, Mendelssohn String Quartets" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  2. ^ Momma, Naomi (1980). 最新名曲解説全集 第12巻 室内楽曲II. 音楽之友社. 
  3. ^ "IMSLP, String Quartet No.4, Op.44 No.2 (Mendelssohn, Felix)". Retrieved 2014-01-11. 

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