String Quartet no. 10 in Eb 'The Harp', Op. 74

Beethoven's Quartet no. 10 in E♭ major, nicknamed The Harp, was published in 1809. The nickname refers to the pizzicato sections in the first movement, where pairs of members of the quartet alternate arpeggio notes, reminiscent of the plucking of a harp. Like most nicknames for Beethoven's works, this was created by the publisher. The Harp Quartet parallels many facets of the 5th Symphony: the geroic quality pervading Beethoven's Middle Period is heard extensively in the first movement. 

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Recording Beethoven - I. Quartet No. 10 in Eb, Op. 74 - Poco adagio - Allegro Download
Recording Beethoven - II. Quartet No. 10 in Eb, Op. 74 - Adagio ma non troppo Download
Recording Beethoven - III. Quartet No. 10 in Eb, Op. 74 - Presto - Piu presto quasi prestissimo Download
Recording Beethoven - IV. Quartet No. 10 in Eb, Op. 74 - Allegretto con Variazioni Download
Recording Beethoven - I. Quartet No. 10 in Eb, Op. 74 - Complete Performance Download

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