The ACO's resident librarian and music expert Bernard Rofe has collated a preview of the music and composers that will appear in Serenades for Strings.
BEETHOVEN (arr. strings) String Quartet in F minor ‘Serioso’
In 1810, Napoleon invaded Vienna and his troops occupied the city. Beethoven’s supporters and patrons fled, but Beethoven, who was almost completely deaf, unlucky in love and in poor health, remained behind. It is under these serious circumstances that he wrote his Opus 95 string quartet, titled “Quartetto Serioso”. Stylistically out of character for Beethoven in 1810, he wrote that the quartet “is written for a small circle of connoisseurs and should never be performed in public”.
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