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The contrary composer’s strictness—and surprising elasticity—revealed in one formidable fugue
String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130 (with the Gross Fuge ending)
Beethoven learns from, and makes tribute to, Mozart in the A major quartet, and then blazes a trail into uncharted musical territory with the "Serioso"
String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18 No. 5
String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”
The humor, profundity, and pfennings of Beethoven’s life and music
String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat major, Op. 18, No. 6
String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135
For the final program in our epic cycle, the Borromeos explore both endings, and in a final audience Q&A, examine the totality of Beethoven’s sixteen quartets and the enduring mystery of the last movement he composed for string quartet.
String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130, with revised ending
Encore: Grosse Fuge in B-flat Major, Op. 133