String Quartet No. 23 (Mozart)
There are four movements:
- Allegro moderato, in F major
- Andante, in C major
- Menuetto: Allegretto
- Allegro, in F major
The quartet was written for and dedicated to the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II, an amateur cellist. It is written in a similar style to the quartets of Joseph Haydn. Mozart and his friend Karl Lichnowsky met the king in Potsdam in April 1789. Mozart played before the king in Berlin on 26 May of that year. A typical performance lasts around 26 minutes.
The Menuetto is distinguished by the evolution in the main minuet sections from a fairly conventional theme to a highly chromatic, driven transition.
- String Quartet No. 23: Score and critical report (in German) in the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe
- String Quartet No. 23: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
- Recording by the Orion String Quartet from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in MP3 format
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