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Beethovenfest

Beethoven and more podcast #24: Notes for an emergency

The internationally acclaimed Minguet String Quartet, named after the Spanish philosopher Pablo Minguet, plays Beethoven in the sold-out chamber music hall of the Beethoven House.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, op. 132, (Galitzin III), 3rd movement

Minguet Quartet

MP3 recorded at the Beethoven House, Bonn on September 24, 2010 by Deutsche Welle (DW)

Ludwig van Beethoven was ill when he composed the third movement of his "Galitzin Quartet III." "My doctor helped me, for I could no longer write notes [ Noten: music], but now I write notes which help me out of my need [Noeten]," the composer allegedly punned when he completed the work. The movement heading is fitting: "Molto adagio - A Convalescent's Holy Song of Thanks to the Divinity, in the Lydian Mode."

Author: Suzanne Cords (als)

Editor: Rick Fulker

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