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Name: Ilana Cofield
Date: Sunday, December 2, 2001 at 03:10:54
Text: This is a really intense and firey quartet. It was the 1st
beethoven quartet I've heard and it got me hooked on the Beethoven
quartets. This one is very catchy and easy to get into and enjoy
but you discover so much after further listenings. Each movement is
special in its own way. The 1st movment is catchy, and stormy. it
draws you in right away with a I and a V chord (both fortisimo.).
It lasts a long time contains a lot of good material. The 2nd
movment which is in E major is very calming and reflective.
Everything flows so smoothly, and it has some very beautiful
moments. The ending is the best! the tune descends through the
instruments from highest to lowist and winds down perfectly with
the cello at the end. The 3rd movment is very peppy and syncopated.
Its also back in E minor Its really neat. The trio has a whole
different feel to it. Its in E major. The viola starts off with
this happy tune that is titled "theme russe". (this quartet as well
as the other op59s were commissioned by Rasomovsky, and there for,
Russian themes aree found in some of them) anyway, the russian them
has a perpetual 2nd violin triplet thing that adds lots of life to
it. The russian gets passed around in a fugue like fasion and
changes keys as well. After the trio, The beggining section is
repeated as usual. The 4th movement is very exciting. There is this
dotted rythem accompinament that keeps moveing the piece forward
and is always present. The violin has a nice twisting theme up in
its high register. There is lots of imitation going on and its
really cool throughout the whole movment. And Beethoven ends it
with a bang, A presto section with a dramatic powerful ending. Wow!
I really reccomend this piece, Opus59 #2.
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