Bach Plus: The Last String Quartets

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Bach Plus: The Last String Quartets
Date(s) - 08/05/2022
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

St. Giles Church, Camberwell


Join us to experience the final string quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven and Felix Mendelssohn, complemented by a rarely heard movement by Mendelssohn’s sister Fanny Hensel.


Ludwig van Beethoven- String Quartet No.16 in F major, Op. 135

Fanny Hensel – String Quartet in E flat major (1834): III. Romanze


Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80

Beethoven’s final string quartet, No.16 in F major, Op.135, is a strangely disjointed work. Its last movement contains the motif Es muss sein (“It must be”), which represents the composer’s confrontation with mortality, having written the quartet at the end of his life.

Fanny Hensel (née Mendelssohn) was Felix Mendelssohn’s eldest sister and although talented composer herself, she was only able to publish one collection of songs during her lifetime, and indeed published some earlier works under her brother’s name. Of her String Quartet in E flat major (1834), Diether de la Motte remarked, “never in music before Liszt and Wagner have I found such creative questioning of classical harmony.“ The third movement, Romanze, contains some of the work’s most innovative harmony.

Felix Mendelssohn’s dramatic String Quartet No.6 in F minor was written in 1847, shortly after the death of his sister Fanny Hensel. The String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80, was written in 1847 in response to the death of his sister, and bears the inscription “Requiem for Fanny”. It was the last major work he composed before his own death in November 1847.

The bar will be open before the concert and during the interval.

Salwa Quartet

Violin- Ilhem Ben Khalfa

Violin- Caroline Heard

Viola- Cameron Howe

Cello- Garwyn Linnell