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Holy Song of Thanksgiving – Beethoven’s String Quartet number 15

In the spring of 1825, Ignaz Schuppanzigh, an Austrian violinist, was engaged to perform the premiere of Beethoven’s latest string quartet, written some 15 years after his last quartet which premiered in 1810. Schuppanzigh, with his quartet consisting of Karl Holz on second violin, Franz Weiss on viola and Nikolaus Kraft on cello, gave the first performance of this piece on 6 November 1825, and whilst reports said Beethoven was not pleased with the performance and blamed Schuppanzigh, the quartet would go on to perform the two other quartets that were commissioned by the Russian Count Nikolay Galitzin.

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On This Day – January 12

When entering the cello world, some names stand above all others. Yo-yo Ma is one who has done and is doing incredible things with the cello. Jacqueline du Pré is another, whose performances of the Elgar Cello Concerto is the standard that all other performances are judged by. Today we look to her teacher, William Pleeth, born on this day in 1916.

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