ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Feelings of passionate love link Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 1 in F major and Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor nicknamed “Death and the Maiden.”
Violist Willy Sucre said those linked feelings pervade the second movements of the two quartets.
Those two movements are some of the most passionate music in the string quartet literature, Sucre said.
Apart from that linkage, the second movement of the Schubert carries additional, though funereal, weight: The whole quartet is named for the theme of the second movement.