String Quartet No. 7 (Shostakovich)

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Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108, was composed in February and March 1960 in memory of his first wife Nina Vassilyevna Varzar, who died in December 1954. It was premiered in Leningrad by the Beethoven Quartet on 15 May 1960. It consists of three movements, performed without a break:

  1. Allegretto
  2. Lento
  3. AllegroAllegretto[Adagio]

At around 13 minutes it is Shostakovich's shortest quartet.