Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Beethoven’s music is influential and it can be heard wherever you go. His compositions can generally be divided into three stages of his life. His well-known Rasumovsky String Quartets was composed during the middle stage of his life, a phase where he composed his most powerful and daring musical compositions. His final chamber outputs encompass the deep and rich qualities that he possessed during his later years. With his extreme talent, his best compositions could possibly be all his compositions.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart(1756 – 1791)

Often being branded as the greatest musical genius of this world, Mozart faced no duplication. 

His chamber music are ravishingly pretty and extremely delightful. It includes a massive output of quintets and quartets along with numerous piano sonatas and trios. He was the founder of the beauty of clarinet and had composed a few marvellous clarinet quintets. He once dedicated a set of six string quartets to Haydn.

Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)

Joseph Haydn was well-known as the "Father" of Viennese classical music
, commonly known as Papa Haydn. He was also the creator of the ever-popular string quartets. His huge output of string quartets are both passionate and beautifully, often being played and very much liked. His outstanding melodic writing and originality is the true charm of all his chamber music. Read about Haydn and his string quartet
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)

Schubert was often described as a man of melody. His massive output all within his short lifespan is unbelievably amazing.
Schubert's chamber music occupies an important position in his compositions. Fourteen complete string quartets, two string and two piano trios, one piano quartet, one piano quintet and two string quintets plus numerous piano duets with different orchestrations, two octets… and many more.
An Outline of Schubert's life
Schubert's Style & Influence
Schubert's String Quintet

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Brahms’ chamber music never fails to touch anyone’s heart. It is perhaps one of the genre of composition that he was most pleased with and comfortable about. His music is often easy to comprehend but hard to play, which is why his music is emotionally easily accessible to his audience. From quartets, quintets and to sextets, his chamber music is one real gem of the chamber music repertoire. Read more about Brahms.

Brahms Hungarian Dances
Bramhs String Sextets
Brahms Piano Quartets

Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)

Debussy was the master of the French Impressionist.

He wrote quite a number of chamber works but not many are for strings.

His two famous string quartets are regular repertoires of many professional chamber ensembles.


Béla Bartók
(1881 – 1945)

Bartók’s music often flows with a warm and gentle glow and is filled with subtle yet affirmative chords, with the essence of the traditional eastern European folk taste wrapped in a ravish and trendy European style. Bartok’s chamber music had taken a new height in 1937 when he composed one of his most successful works – Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Read more about Béla Bartók.

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)

Shostakovich's quartets are soulfully beautiful, yet technically difficult. It probably had to do with the fact that most of his quartets are composed during his darkest and most melancholic time. His Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 67 was composed to commemorate his good friend’s death. It is also through this quartet that his attitude towards death was fully displayed.

~Written by Boon Sin Ler

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