Mikhail Glinka (1804-57) is commonly regarded as the founder of Russian nationalism in music. His influence on composers such as Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin and Mussorgsky was considerable. The String Quartet No.2 in F Major dates from 1829-30, before his first trip abroad to Italy and some 12 years before writing Ruslan and Ludmila. This is important in that one can plainly hear some of the main themes from that famous opera in both the first and last movements of this quartet. The quartet itself is in four movements and written in a light style that seems to combine Italian opera with Mozart. However, the ultimate affect is not derivative but original. Particularly noteworthy for their freshness are the Menuetto and its excellent trio as well as the finale.
This edition contains the parts for two violins, viola, and cello. Published by G. Schirmer, distributed by Hal Leonard.
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