Composing a String Quartet (01:59)
Maestro George Marriner Maull discusses how wordless, abstract music mirrors our emotional lives. Restricting timbre to stringed instruments forces composers to use rhythm, melody, texture, form, harmony, and dynamics in more creative ways.
"String Quartet Op. 18, No. 3" Exposition (01:57)
The Amphion String Quartet plays the exposition of the fourth movement of Beethoven's work. On screen graphics indicate the first and second themes, transition, and closing sections.
The sonata form includes exposition, development, and recapitulation sections. Maull explains how composers create tension in the development. The Amphion String Quartet demonstrates how Beethoven develops the first theme of the exposition in a humorous way.
Beethoven's Emotional Pain (02:21)
The composer often expressed sadness and frustration at his deafness. Hear progressive musical tension in dissonant harmony as the Amphion String Quartet plays the development section of the fourth movement of "String Quartet Op. 18, No. 3."
Musical Element Listening Exercise (02:16)
Maestro Maull asks viewers whether a sequence from the fourth movement of Beethoven's "String Quartet Op. 18, No. 3" is ascending or descending, and how many steps there are. Listen for the transition from development to recapitulation.
After recapitulation, Beethoven adds a special ending section to the fourth movement of his "String Quartet Op. 18, No. 3." Amphion String Quartet Members demonstrate how pairs of instruments switch parts in a role reversal.
Increasing Listening Perception (01:37)
Giving abstract music our undivided attention allows us to notice composition details and to be emotionally moved.
"String Quartet Op. 18, No. 3" (06:56)
The Amphion String Quartet performs the entire fourth movement of Beethoven's work. Visual aids indicate musical elements used by the composer. Maull concludes the eight part listening perception series.
Credits: Putting It All Together: Episode 8—Fall in Love with Music (01:29)
Credits: Putting It All Together: Episode 8—Fall in Love with Music
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