🎻♫♪ – String Quartets, op. 18 by Ludwig van Beethoven

List Item: Listen to half of the 1001 Classical Works You Must Hear Before You Die
104/501Title: String Quartets, op. 18
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationality: German

Today at work was a weird one. A meeting all afternoon where, to be honest, I just wanted to snooze and a morning where I could just jet on with the part of my work that I actually really enjoy. So, obviously, it was this morning where I let loose the dogs of classical music for a two and a half hour blitz of Beethoven string quartets.

This is the first of two sets of string quartets that appear on the 1001 classical pieces list. Written across a few years, these were written for an early(ish) commission of his. It’s hard to really talk and differentiate between these quartets because I listened to all of them in succession and they all sounded similar enough that nothing particularly stood out other than making me feel rather intelligent. 

Having the morning time with my classical music and my happy working times really was a contrast with the three and a half hour mandatory afternoon ‘training’ session that… was pretty much useless. Made me miss my moments of grandeur as I sent e-mails off with a flourish of strings. I also wrote most of this blog during that meeting. God I was bored.

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