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Ludwig van Beethoven   opus 18:2

String Quartet No. 2 "Compliments Quartet"

String quartet in G major. 1800. Time: 25'00.
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The String Quartet No. 2 in G major, op. 18, No. 2, was written by Ludwig van Beethoven between 1798 and 1800 and published in 1801.

It consists of four movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio cantabile — Allegro — Tempo I
  3. Scherzo: Allegro
  4. Allegro molto, quasi presto

Of the opus 18 string quartets, this one is the most grounded in 18th century musical tradition.[1] According to Steinberg:

In German-speaking countries, the graceful curve of the first violin's opening phrase has earned the work the nickname of Komplimentier-Quartett, which might be translated as "quartet of bows and curtseys".[2]


  1. ^ Winter + Martin, p. 155
  2. ^ Winter + Martin, p. 156


  • Robert Winter, Robert Martin eds. (1994). The Beethoven Quartet Companion. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-08211-7. ; especially the essay by Michael Steinberg (pp. 155-159)

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