Commemorative medal for Ludwig van Beethoven – silver medal, probably based on a design by Fritz Schwerdt © Beethoven-Haus Bonn
Fugue in D minor, Hess 245 for string quartet (1794-5, Beethoven aged 24)
Dedication not known
Background and Critical Reception
A ‘fragmentary fugue’ is not necessarily a phrase to get the musical pulse racing, but since we are trying to cover everything Beethoven wrote, even the snippets are worth a listen.
This short excerpt also hails from Beethoven’s lessons with Albrechtsberger.
We return to the key of D minor, a popular selection for output from these lessons – but when the excerpt starts it feels like we have walked into a performance half way through.
Even at the end, in spite of the busy part writing, there is no resolution – so this is very much a scrap from the cutting room floor rather than something you would expect to see included in a concert.
Fine Arts Quartet (Naxos)
A very well played version – though it is far from complete, so difficult to judge.
Fine Arts Quartet
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Also written in 1795 Hyacinth Jadin – 3 Piano Sonatas Op.4
Next up Prelude and Fugue in C major Hess 31