String Quartet No. 12 (Shostakovich)

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Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 12 in D-flat major, Op. 133, was composed in 1968. It is dedicated to Dmitri Tsyganov, the first violinist of the Beethoven Quartet, which premiered the work in Moscow on June 14.


The work lasts approximately 26 minutes and is in two movements:

  1. ModeratoAllegretto — Moderato — Allegretto — Moderato
  2. Allegretto — Adagio — Moderato — Adagio — Moderato — Allegretto

The piece contains twelve-tone elements, such as the opening in the cello:

Opening of the first movement in the cello (About this soundPlay ) outlines a tone row:[1]
C F C B D G G E F Bdouble flat A D

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whittall 2008, p. 156
  • Whittall, Arnold (2008). The Cambridge Introduction to Serialism. New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-68200-8.

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