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17.06.2021 | Wiener Kammermusikzyklus

Viennese chamber music cycle by the Auner Quartet

Live from the Hofmusikkapelle | Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 18 No. 2 | Fritz Kreisler String quartet in A minor

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Viennese chamber music cycle by the Auner Quartet
Viennese chamber music cycle by the Auner Quartet

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Jun 18, 2021, 7:30 PM – Jun 25, 2021, 11:30 PM

17.06.2021 | Wiener Kammermusikzyklus

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Ludwig van Beethoven:

String Quartet Op. 18 No. 2



Adagio cantabile


Allegro molto, presto



Fritz Kreisler String Quartet in A minor



Scherzo. Allegro Vivo, Con Spirito Introduction and Romance

Finale. Allegro Molto Moderato


The piece, also known as the “complimenting quartet” because of its gallant style reminiscent of aristocratic dance balls, stands in contrast to Beethoven's otherwise rebellious and revolutionary early quartets with its positive attitude. “It could also be by Haydn”, say many musicologists without doubting his origins. The Viennese violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler was very successful from an early age. A bon vivant, always joking, and yet with an incredible personality, he delighted the audience during his lifetime with both his profound interpretations of the violin literature and his own “acacia pieces”, compositions of Viennese salon music. The staunch monarchist served in the Austrian army in World War I and fought at the front. In his diary "Four weeks in the trenches - The war story of a violinist" he describes impressively how his musical hearing was able to assess the distances to enemy positions through the differentiation of sounds and thus saved many lives. At first believed dead and then found wounded, he was honorably discharged before the end of the war. His string quartet is not a Viennese salon music, but joins compositions by Richard Strauss, Alexander von Zemlinski, Erich Wolfgang Korngold etc. in the list of Viennese late romanticism. Wonderful, but unknown chamber music by the famous Viennese charmer.


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