Musical influence

Listening to the string quarters of Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842), his Basque composition student Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga (1806-1826), and those of Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), we can hear the influence of musical ideas. I thought it interesting to list their quartets in the order they were composed. (In the list below, each quartet is prefaced by the composer’s initials.). Arriaga’s three quartets were published in 1824, but may have been written well before.  It is interesting that Cherubini had only written one string quartet before meeting Arriaga, while after Arriaga’s three were written, Cherubini then wrote another five.

1814: LG Quartet No. 1 in Eb major

1822 October: Arriaga moved to Paris from Bilbao

1824: JA Quartet No.1 in D minor

1824: JA Quartet No. 2 in A major

1824: JA Quartet No.3 in Eb major

1825 Spring: Mendelssohn’s father took his son to Paris to visit with Cherubini, and while there Mendelssohn may also have met with Arriaga

1825: FM Octet in Eb major, Op. 20

1826: Death of Arriaga

1827: FM Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

1829: LC Quartet No. 2 in C major

1829: FM Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 12

1834: LC Quartet No. 3 in D minor

1835: LC Quartet No. 4 in E

1835: LC Quartet No. 5 in F

1837: LC Quartet No. 6 in A minor

1837: FM Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2

1838: FM Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44, No. 1

1842: Death of Cherubini

1847: FM Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80

1847: Death of Mendelssohn.


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