Enjoyable quartets for Friedrich Wilhelm II

Colour your autumn! © Charles Thibo

“Some quartets have just appeared by a certain Pleyel, he’s a pupil of Joseph Haydn”, a certain Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote in a letter to his father in April 1784. “If you don’t know them, try to get hold of them; they are worth it. They’re very well written, and very enjoyable […] It’ll be good – and fortunate for music if in due course Pleyel is able to replace Haydn for us!” Pleyel did not quite replace Haydn however. He would move abroad, Haydn would outlive Mozart and Vienna’s next rising star would be Ludwig van Beethoven.

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