String Quartet (Parts)
Set of Parts. Composed by Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884). Edited by Milan Pospisil. Henle Music Folios. Set of parts (paperbound). G. Henle #HN814. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480814).
Item Number: HL.51480814
When Smetana completed his Quartet in e minor in dark and dismal colors in 1876, he had already been completely deaf for two years. Which musician is not familiar with the fateful passage in the fourth movement, in which Smetana symbolizes the beginning of his illness with a violin note in an extremely high position? The previous movements tell of happier times in his life; an extensive extract from a letter about this is cited in the preface to our edition. Smetana, who at the time received a ridiculously small fee from his publisher, could not forsee that this work woulf later be considered one of the most famous string quarters of all time.