Kein Kopfmusik


Among the arguably most beautiful pieces of music ever written, today’s recommendation is the third movement of Beethoven’s string quartet op 132. This one is not ideal Kopfmusik, because a great deal of the pleasure derives from the wonderful textures of the sound.

Many YouTube performances are truncated around ten minutes, which is surely either sacrilege or criminal. This full 16-minuteĀ performance is accompanied by an animated video that helps keep track of which instrument is doing what. To avoid distraction, of course, just minimize the screen.


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