Classics of the Phonograph

Slow movements of string quartet

Violin on sheet music

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Some string quartet movements are detached from their original places and morph into independent and highly popular works by themselves. And these movements can have unexpected destinies, as national anthems, as Broadway hits or as favorite memorial elegies.

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear some of these famous "free agent" pieces.  


Haydn | "Emperor Quartet", slow movement
Tchaikovsky | String Quartet No. 1: Andante cantabile
Borodin | String Quartet No. 2: Notturno
Beethoven | String Quartet No. 13: Cavatina, Berlin Philharmonic, Furtwaengler
Barber | Adagio for Strings
Brahms | Piano Quartet No. 1: finale, Rondo alla zingarese, transcribed for orchestra by Arnold Schoenberg