Concerts from the Library of Congress

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020 at 8:00 PM (ET)

Takács Quartet


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Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes, violins
Richard O'Neill, viola  |  András Fejér, cello

Now in its 45th year, the eminent Takács Quartet holds an undisputed place at the very peak of the profession. To open our ‘20-‘21 season—and this special run of virtual performances—the artists perform from their home ground in Boulder, Colorado. Framed by Bartók and Schubert, Beethoven’s op. 132 quartet engages us with the mystery and magisterial writing of the composer’s late works. “To perform, say, the slow movement of a late Beethoven quartet is to attain a blissful state, liberated from the confines of individual personalities,” writes first violinist Edward Dusinberre. “Or at least, that is the experience we hope for. The greatest pieces of music are often the most elusive.” 

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Beethoven: A Guide to Primary and Secondary Resources at the Library of Congress

This concert is part of our (Re)Hearing Beethoven Festival. Be sure to check out the full range of events!

Book Talk

Edward Dusinberre will discuss his book Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet (Faber and Faber, 2016).

Artist Conversation

Insights from the Takács on their program and a look at one of the Library’s Beethoven treasures:his sketch for the final movement of the Quartet in C-sharp minor, op. 131.


Quartetsatz in C minor, D.703


String Quartet no. 1 in A minor


Quartet in A minor, op. 132

All events for the 2020-2021 season of Concerts from the Library of Congress will be presented virtually.
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