Schumann: String Quartet in A minor, Op.41 No.1
In 1842 Robert Schumann wrote to Clara complaining about the increasing limitations of the piano as a vessel for his ideas, and the need to attack different instruments and genres. What followed was a spectacular year of inspiration that yielded all of his most famous chamber works including the set of three string quartets, of which the A minor is the first. He had studied the great quartets of Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn in depth, simultaneously building up a well of ideas that exploded onto the page in record time. The A minor took just a week to be sketched and formed, and three months and much rehearsal later, recieved its premiere as a gift to Clara on her 23rd birthday.
The Merel Quartet performed this to a sold out crowd on a warm summer evening at the Music at Plush festival.
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