String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18 & String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135
This program features two string quartets in the key of F Major, his first and last. Socially defiant and temperamentally fiery, Beethoven’s Op. 18 string quartets mark the early years of his career ascent and show us a Beethoven full of youthful swagger and passion. It is with the publication of these extraordinary early string quartets that we see the passing of the compositional torch from Haydn to Beethoven as the younger man’s compositions begin where the older master’s works end.