Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat Op. 18
Beethoven composed six pieces for his Opus 18 set of string quartets, and while it may be obvious that the Sixth quartet was the final one Beethoven composed, the numbers assigned to these pieces don’t necessarily correspond to the order in which they were composed. Beethoven, in fact, rearranged the ordering of these six quartets after he completed them in 1800. Apparently, he did this due to the character of each work: the first three are more traditional, and the final three are less traditional. The String Quartet No. 6 is actually composed of a kind of patchwork of pieces from Beethoven’s past, and also offers glimpses of the kind of composer Beethoven would soon become. The String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat by Beethoven, our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR.