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String Quartet No. 13

Composer: Beethoven Ludwig van

Instruments: Violin Viola Cello

Tags: Quartet


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Complete. 1. Adagio ma non troppo PDF 0 MBComplete. 2. Presto PDF 0 MBComplete. 3. Andante con moto ma non troppo PDF 0 MBComplete. 4. Alla danza tedesca. Allegro assai PDF 0 MBComplete. 5. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo PDF 0 MBComplete. 6. Finale. Allegro PDF 1 MB
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Selections. 5. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo PDF 34 MB

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Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo. Piano (Mily Balakirev)Complete. Piano (Louis Winkler)Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo. Piano (Karl Tausig)Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo. Piano + Violin (Hermann, Friedrich)Complete. Piano four hands (Hugo Ulrich)Alla danza tedesca. Allegro assai. Piano + Recorder (Paul-Gustav Feller)Presto. Piano (Ferdinand Quentin Dulcken)Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo. Organ (Sigfrid Karg-Elert)
The String Quartet No. 13 in B♭ major, Op. 130, by Ludwig van Beethoven was completed (in its final form) in November 1826. The number traditionally assigned to it is based on the order of its publication; it is actually Beethoven's 14th quartet in order of composition. It was premiered (in its original form) in March 1826 by the Schuppanzigh Quartet and dedicated to Nikolai Galitzin on its publication in 1827.
Beethoven originally wrote the work in six movements, lasting 42–50 minutes, as follows:
(Nomenclature: "danza tedesca" means "German dance", "Cavatina" a short and simple song, and "Große Fuge" means "Great Fugue" or "Grand Fugue".)
The work is unusual among quartets in having six movements. They follow the pattern of movements seen in the Ninth Symphony and occasionally elsewhere in Beethoven's work (opening, dance movement, slow movement, finale), except that the middle part of the cycle is repeated: opening, dance movement, slow movement, dance movement, slow movement, finale.
Negative reaction to the work's final movement at the first performance, and his publisher's urging, led Beethoven to write a substitute for the final movement, a contradanse much shorter and lighter than the enormous Große Fuge it replaced. This new finale was written between September and November 1826 and is the last complete piece of music Beethoven composed before his death in March 1827. It is marked:
Beethoven never witnessed a performance of the quartet in its final form; it was premiered on 22 April, 1827, nearly a month after his death.
The original finale was published separately under the title Große Fuge as opus 133. Modern performances sometimes follow the composer's original intentions, leaving out the substitute finale and concluding with the fugue. Robert Simpson argues that Beethoven's intentions are best served by playing the quartet as a seven-movement work, with the Große Fuge followed by the replacement finale.
The Cavatina (performed by the Budapest String Quartet) is the final piece on the Voyager Golden Record, a phonograph record containing a broad sample of Earth's sounds, languages, and music sent into interstellar space in 1977 with the two unmanned Voyager probes. It immediately follows after the gospel blues song "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" by Blind Willie Johnson, a blind and a deaf musician side by side. Voyager 1 entered interstellar space in 2012; Voyager 2 followed suit in 2018.
The Cavatina also appears in "Love and War", an episode from the sixth season of M*A*S*H, in the background as Hawkeye has dinner with an aristocratic Korean woman.