String Quartet no. 7 in F, Op. 59 no. 1

Beethoven's String Quartet no. 7 was published in 1808. It is the first of three quartets commissioned by prince Andrey Razumovsky, then Russian ambassador to Vienna. The first of his middle period quartets, it departs in style from his earlier Op. 18, the most apparent difference being that this one is over forty minutes long. Furthermore, it demands a greatly expanded technical repertoire. By 1806, while Beethoven was known in many elite circles; his universal popularity as a composer had not been established. Scholars posit that the greater demands on technical ... more

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. The crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in ...