February 10th 2009

Beethoven's String Quartet in F, Op. 135

Michael Steinberg writes of the above section (from the Vivace):

Then it is time for Beethoven to turn to one of his favourite tricks, the one where he simply picks up an idea boldly and puts it down again on another pitch the way you might pick up your cat and move it from your favourite chair to another.

To date, the influence of cats in the development of the western classical music canon has not been rigorously studied.