Count Razumovsky

Notes and Stuff!

Back at the beginning of the season, we heard one of the Prussian string quartets from Mozart played by the Jerusalem Quartet. On January 30th, we will be treated to another one of the Prussian string quartets with the Alcan Quartet, Quartet in F Major, K. 590. These pieces were originally commissioned by the King of Prussia. (http://mtochambermusic.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/mozart-and-the-king-of-prussia/) On the 30th, we will also be treated to a piece from Beethoven that was commissioned by a Count. The String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, opus 59, no. 2 is one of three pieces written for Count Razumovsky.

Andrey Kirillovich Razumovsky was a Russian diplomat stationed in Vienna for many years. He was born in November of 1752 and married in 1788. His marriage was in Vienna to Countess Elisabeth Thun, sister to the wife of Prince Lichnowsky, a friend of Beethoven. Razumovsky was also the brother-in-law to Prince Joseph…

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