String Quartet no. 8 in Em, Op. 59 no. 2

Beethoven's String Quartet no. 8, was the second of three of his "Razumovsky" cycle of string quartets, and a product of his "middle" period. He published it in 1808. The third movement uses a Russian theme also used by Mussorgsky in Boris Godunov and by Rachmaninoff in his 6 Morceaux, Op. 11. The original song, Glory to the Sun, was published in 1790. Beethoven, however, used it in an ungentle way. According to Kerman, "It sounds as though Count Razumovsky had been tactless enough to hand Beethoven the tune, and Beethoven ... 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 ...