Romantic / String Quartet music

The term 'Romantic music' denotes a period of Western academic music that lasted throughout most of the 19th century, framing itself in Romanticism, the European artistic and literary movement. Romantic music is often characterized as being a reaction to the contained elegance and purity of the Classical period, though the reality is far more complex. Romantic composers were often fascinated with several -often contradictory- subjects: Nature and man's constant struggle against it, everything supernatural and fabulous, the mythical past, the autobiographical and the heroic, the isolated genius, the future of mankind. Improvements in instrumental design and technique, and the growth of orchestras, expanded the possibilities for composers. The rise of the middle class and the emancipation of musicians from courts and patrons represented a change in the way music reached the society. Some of the Romantic composers took an interest in nationalistic music, expressing the state of turmoil that Europe suffered. Musical forms continued to develop: while symphonies became longer and more complex, short musical forms blossomed (such as Chopin's nocturnes). Interest in preservation of the music of the past grew, as well as the will to develop music beyond its current state in terms of form, harmony, counterpoint, etc.
TitleComposerFormInstrumentRatings
Grand Fugue, Op. 133 Ludwig van Beethoven Fugue String Quartet
String Quartet no. 6 in Fm, Op. 80 Felix Mendelssohn Quartet String Quartet
Quartettsatz, D. 703 Franz Schubert Quartet String Quartet
3 String Quartets Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga Quartet String Quartet
String Quartet no. 14 'Death and the Maiden', D. 810 Franz Schubert Quartet String Quartet
String Quartet no. 10 in Eb 'The Harp', Op. 74 Ludwig van Beethoven Quartet String Quartet
String Quartet no. 10, Op. 51 Antonín Dvořák Quartet String Quartet
Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale 'St. Wenceslas', Op. 35a Josef Suk Quartet String Quartet
String Quartet no. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 Ludwig van Beethoven Quartet String Quartet
String Quartet no. 1, Op. 11 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Quartet String Quartet
String Quartet no. 15 in Am, Op. 132 Ludwig van Beethoven Quartet String Quartet
Lakme - Flower Duet (String Quartet arr.) Léo Delibes Quartet String Quartet
String Quartet no. 9 in C, Op. 59 no. 3 Ludwig van Beethoven Quartet String Quartet
String Quartet no. 13 in Am, D. 804 Franz Schubert Quartet String Quartet
String Quartet No.1, Op.51 No.1 Johannes Brahms Quartet String Quartet
5 Fantasiestücke, Op. 5 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Quartet String Quartet
6 sonatas a quattro Gioachino Antonio Rossini Sonata String Quartet
String Quartet no. 13 in Bb, Op. 130 Ludwig van Beethoven Quartet String Quartet
String Quartet no. 7 in F, Op. 59 no. 1 Ludwig van Beethoven Quartet String Quartet
String Quartet no. 16 in F, Op. 135 Ludwig van Beethoven Quartet String Quartet