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:
Adagio cantabile — Allegro — Tempo I
Allegro molto, quasi presto
Of the opus 18 string quartets, this one is the most grounded in 18th century musical tradition. 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".
^ Winter + Martin, p. 155
^ 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)