String Quartets, Vol. 1 (Nos. 1-6, Op.18) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Edited by Andreas Moser. Published by C.F. Peters
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was the most influential and admired composer of the Romantic Era, and is considered today to be among the greatest composers of classical music to ever live. His music is known variously for its compositional rigor, sublime beauty, organic development, gripping urgency, and life-affirming, universal humanism. He left a significant mark on almost every classical genre he worked in, from string quartets to symphonies.
Beethoven's cycle of sixteen string quartets spans his entire compositional career and is often considered to be the most significant ever composed, guiding the form from its classical beginnings thru the freer expression of the Romantic Era and even pointing to developments far in the future. His Op.18 quartets, the first six he composed, date from 1798-1800. They are classical in conception and contain discernable influences from Mozart, yet they show Romantic Era pathways for the genre and are unmistakably Beethoven. This high-quality C.F. Peters volume (the first of three) contains all six Op.18 quartets and was edited by Andreas Moser. Parts only. Advanced level, grade 5.
VOL. 1 INCLUDES:
- String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op.18/1
- String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op.18/2
- String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op.18/3
- String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op.18/4
- String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op.18/5
- String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat Major, Op.18/6