Beethoven Grosse Fuge for String Quartet Op.133 (Parts)
Although Beethoven did not live to see the publication of his String Quartets Op.130 and Op.133, he oversaw the production process, making corrections and putting the works into their final form. The String Quartet Op.130 is the longest piece within Beethovenís extensive chamber music oeuvre. Originally, the Grosse Fuge was meant to be the final movement of Op.130. Beethovenís conversation books document the separation of the Grosse Fuge from Op.130, its replacement by a new finale and its assignment to a new opus number Op.133.
Even by todayís standards, the Grosse Fuge is a complicated work and poses a challenge to performers. However it was the first work in music history to include a helpful addition: rehearsal numbers. These were included in the first edition so that during rehearsals musicians could find a common entry without having to start the piece afresh.