Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, also known as “Serioso”, was composed in 1810, which is thought to be the “middle period” of his career, between his early and late works. This piece is unique in not only its compactness, but also in the extreme changes in harmonic structure and mood from movement to movement. Beethoven experiments with ideas from both the classical and romantic periods.
Although it is respected now for its experimentation and uniqueness, Beethoven was not so sure it would be so easily accepted in 1810, and he wrote in a letter that it was “…written for a small circle of connoisseurs and is never to be performed in public”. The piece then premiered in 1814, but was not printed until 1816.
Composed of graduates from top music schools, Symphony Nova creates opportunities for its musicians to present outstanding music as they grow professionally.
We hold concerts four times a year in the beautiful Old South Church in Copley Square, Boston. A vibrant presence in the classical music world, Symphony Nova’s Music Director, Lawrence Isaacson inspires audiences with exciting, interactive and creative concerts. In seeking not only to entertain but also to educate concertgoers, Mr. Isaacson helps the audience to discover the classical tradition’s depth, beauty and relevance today.