String Quartet no. 1 in D minor

Written near 1823, Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga's first quartet presents dramatic melodies and themes organized in a classical fashion. The melodic structures are reminiscent of Mozart, but the development section has more to do with later romantic tradition composers. The violin clearly dominates the adagio movement, as in the style of the period's "quatours brillants." The last movement's form is somewhat confusing: it works as a series of variations, though the contrast of materials seems to suggest a rondo. The work was dedicated to his father.

This piece contains the following parts:

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String Quartet no. 1 in D minor - I. Allegro
String Quartet no. 1 in D minor - II. Adagio con espressione
String Quartet no. 1 in D minor - III. Minuetto Allegro
String Quartet no. 1 in D minor - IV. Adagio Allegretto

Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga

Juan Crisóstomo Jacobo Antonio de Arriaga y Balzola was a Spanish composer. He was nicknamed the Spanish Mozart after his death, as ...
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