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This quartett is based on the last sketches Beethoven wrote shortly before his death around November 1826 for his planned stringquintett in C Major! I made use of  his completed wonderful introduction and the beautiful main themes of all 4 movements. 

1. Andante maestoso/Allegro     MP3   Score

Introduction
The introduction is almost completely by Beethoven. I just arranged it for a string quartet since it is just available in a piano arrangement by Diabelli (WoO62). I like this introduction very much. It reminds me of the wonderfully majestic and melodious introduction to Beethoven's overture op.115.
The Allegro starts with flowing eighth notes in a way similar to the quartet op.59,1 with the main theme calmly performed by the cello. From 2:27 I use another wonderful and jubilent sketched theme from Beethoven's quintett:

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In the development the main theme is elaborated only in minor - firstly in a calm and melancholic way and then with counterpoints and also conflicting ways. The Coda begins with a solemn slow variation of the main theme and ends with a furious stretta.                    

2. Andante cantabile con variazioni             MP3   Score

Andante
An Andante with 10 variations on Beethoven's 9/8 Andante theme in G Major which reminds us of the Mozart-like Andante theme in 6/8 from the first Symphony op. 21 or the Andante from op. 18,6. I feel it is very suited for variations, especially those in minor I love very much.  

3. Scherzo Presto              MP3   Score

Scherzo
A furious Presto in c-minor based on Beethoven's 8 bar motif with equal 1/4 notes in the violins answered by the knocking fate motif in the bass. The Trio has a contrasting calm and melodic character.

4. Allegro vivacce              MP3 

Allegro vicacce

I tried to elaborate Beethoven's theme (which reminds us of the Rondo from op.130) in several ways: with humorous parts, longer melodious cantabile parts and conflicting fugatos in the development. The Coda has two parts: a slow expressive variation of the main theme in c minor and a furious Presto.

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