Over the course of his career, Franz Joseph Haydn wrote around 90 string quartets, developing and perfecting the form. The six quartets of Op.76 are perhaps his most famous set, representing the pinnacle of his achievements.
Debussy wrote his only string quartet in 1893, an undulating, cyclical work featuring restless melodies and a scherzo movement dominated by plucked strings.
Beethoven’s String Quartet in E flat is nicknamed the `Harp’ for its pizzicato passages in the first movement. Op.74 is one of the middle-period quartets, in which the composer’s distinctive voice emerges from the shadow of Mozart and Haydn and comes into its own.
RepertoireHaydn: String Quartet in G, Op.76 No.1
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