Shostakóvich's Quartet no. 3
Dimitri Shostakovich: String Quartet nº 3 in F major Op. 73
Shostakovich’s interest in the string quartet commenced relatively late, although the genre would accompany the composer throughout his lifetime. Completed in 1946, the String Quartet No. 3 was composed in a situation of war. Perhaps this explains the stark contrasts between the gentleness of the first movement and the bitterness of the second, the rarefied atmosphere of the third and the mournfulness of the fourth, and, in particular, the internal contradiction that emerges in the finale, in which dance themes, a passacaglia and an elegiac coda are juxtaposed.
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