Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”
Bohuslav Martinů – La revue de cuisine, H. 161
Ludwig van Beethoven – Sextet for Horns and String Quartet in E-flat major, Op.81b
Dmitri Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 117
While composing his Ninth String Quartet, Shostakovich discarded a whimsical early version based on childhood themes and opted for a more assertive musical narrative. Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11, subtitled “Serioso,” foreshadows some of Shostakovich’s trademarks, including dramatic, unexpected harmonic shifts and experimental structures. His Horn Sextet unfolds like a smaller-scale concerto, with virtuosic horn lines supported by the string quartet.
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