Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1
- Brian Boydell
Quartet No. 1
Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1
Beethoven’s String Quartets mark the beginning of a remarkable creative journey. One that transformed the nature of the string quartet, taking it to emotional heights and depths unwitnessed before and, arguably, never since.
The First Quartet reveals a musical form in transition. Indebted to the Classical model created by Mozart and developed by Haydn, it is stamped through with Beethoven’s own questing signature and lit up by novel ideas hinting at the maturity to come.
Composed in 1949, Brian Boydell’s Quartet No. 1 also finds itself on a musical cusp: caught between traditional conservatism and the post-war avant-garde.
The First Razumovsky Quartet reveals a new complexity in Beethoven’s musical language, with new challenges to players and listeners alike that would reach frutition in the composer’s monumental late quartets.
Limerick City Gallery of Art
Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square, IrelandOpen Larger Map