String Quartet No. 1 (Mendelssohn)

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The String Quartet No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 12, was composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1829, completed in London on September 14 (though begun in Berlin) and possibly dedicated to Betty Pistor, a neighbor and the daughter of a Berlin astronomer.[1][2]


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

  1. Adagio non troppo – Allegro non tardante
  2. Canzonetta: Allegretto in G minor
  3. Andante espressivo
  4. Molto allegro e vivace

A typical performance lasts just under 25 minutes.


  1. ^ Cookson, Michael. "Comparative Review of Recordings of Mendelssohn's Quartets". Retrieved 2007-10-26.
  2. ^ Todd, R. Larry (1991). Mendelssohn and His World. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. pp. 265–266. ISBN 0-691-09143-9.

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