The ACO's resident librarian and music expert Bernard Rofe has collated a preview of the music and composers that will appear in Beethoven & Prokofiev.
BEETHOVEN (arr. strings) String Quartet in F major, Op.135
Beethoven’s final string quartet is on a smaller scale than many of his other late quartets, but tackles the largest issue of all – the concept of human mortality. Composed one year before Beethoven's death, the final movement bears the words “Must it be?”, to which he responds “It must be!”. Conductors as eminent as Toscanini and Bernstein have transcribed the quartet for string orchestra, adding symphonic grandeur to the work.
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