Simply Quartet (photo Simon Buchou)

Late Beethoven: Opus 135

Simply Quartet
Thu 1 Feb 2024 22:30 - 22:55
Thu 1 Feb 2024
22:30 - 22:55
  • Thu 1 Feb 2024
    22:30 - 22:55
    Excl. drankje
    Grote Zaal


Ludwig van Beethoven String quartet nr. 16 op. 135


Simply Quartet:
Danfeng Shen violin
Antonia Rankersberger violin
Xiang Lyu viola
Ivan Valentin Hollup Roald cello

Muss es sein?

Ignaz Dembscher, the organizer of the premiere of Beethoven’s last string quartet, owed the composer money. In order to obtain the manuscript of Op. 135, Beethoven insisted that Dembscher pay first. When Dembscher asked, “Muss es sein?” (Must it be?), Beethoven famously replied with the canon, “Es muss sein, ja, ja. Heraus mit dem Beutel!” (It must be, yes, yes. Out with the purse!), and incorporated the conversation into his composition.

In Jan Caeyers’ excellent biography of Beethoven, the chapter on the late string quartets is entitled “The Discovery of Heaven.” This is fitting, as these quartets, like Mulisch’s novel, open up a world beyond comprehension. Beethoven’s music expresses the essence of love and pain more powerfully than words ever could. At the height of his creativity, he explores the boundary between thinking and feeling, between matter and spirituality.