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Classical Breakdown

31. What is a string quartet?

November 17, 2020

Haydn is considered the "Father" of the string quartet... but did he fall into the genre by accident? From its baroque dances to standing up against fascism in the 20th century, discover the string quartet's origins and how it became the ultimate challenge for composers.

Show Notes

10 string quartets to listen to! (in chronological order)

Franz Joseph Haydn - String Quartet Opus 54, No. 2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - String Quartet No. 19, K. 465 "dissonance"

Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quartet No. 14, Opus 131

Franz Schubert - String Quartet No. 13, D. 804 "Rosamunde"

Antonin Dvorak - String Quartet No. 12 Op. 96 "American"

Maurice Ravel - String Quartet

William Grant Still - 'Lyric Quartette' (Musical Portraits of Three Friends)

Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 8

Caroline Shaw - Ritornello 2.sq.2.j.a