Michael Parloff provides insight into the music and background of Beethoven’s String Quartets: Op. 132 (A minor), Op. 130 (B-flat major), and the Grosse Fuge, Op. 133. This 60-minute, preconcert lecture was recorded in the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society’s Rose Studio on March 15, 2016.
Quartet in A minor, Op. 132: 6:04
Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 135: 31:32
Grosse Fuge, Op. 133: 48:08
CMS is grateful to The Emerson String Quartet for the use of excerpts from their Deutsche Grammophon recording of the Beethoven String Quartets.
For additional information about the Beethoven String Quartets, the following resources are highly recommended:
Joseph Kerman: The Beethoven Quartets
William Kinderman: The String Quartets of Beethoven
Lewis Lockwood: Beethoven
Kurt Oppens: Kurt Oppens on Music
J. S. Shedlock, translator: Beethoven’s Letters
Maynard Solomon: Beethoven
Jan Swafford: Beethoven, Anguish and Triumph
Angus Watson: Beethoven’s Chamber Music in Context
Robert Winter (essays by Michael Steinberg): The Beethoven Quartet Companion
Video Produced by Trent Casey