Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat “Harp”
Beethoven wrote his Tenth String Quartet around the same time he was writing his Symphony No. 5 and the Les Adieux Piano Sonata, and while those two works are dramatic and tumultuous, the String Quartet is not. There are still parallels, though: one might hear rhythms in the Scherzo section of the quartet that are reminiscent of the Fifth Symphony. As far as the nickname goes – the “Harp”– that comes from the arpeggiated pizzicato passages in the first movement. It’s our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR.