String Quartet No. 14 (Shostakovich)

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Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 14 in F-sharp major, op. 142, was composed in 1972-73. It is dedicated to Sergei Shirinsky, the cellist of the Beethoven Quartet, the ensemble that premiered most of Shostakovich's quartets. The first performance was held in Leningrad on November 12, 1973.

It has three movements:

  1. Allegretto
  2. Adagio -
  3. Allegretto

Playing time is approximately 25 minutes.

Shostakovich began working on the piece while he was visiting the home of Benjamin Britten and finished it in Copenhagen.


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