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String Quartet No. 23 (Mozart)

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The String Quartet No. 23 in F major, K. 590, was written in June 1790 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is the third of the Prussian Quartets.

There are four movements:

  1. Allegro moderato, in F major
  2. Andante, in C major
  3. Menuetto: Allegretto
  4. Allegro, in F major

The quartet was written for and dedicated to the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II, an amateur cellist. It is written in a similar style to the quartets of Joseph Haydn. Mozart and his friend Karl Lichnowsky met the king in Potsdam in April 1789. Mozart played before the king in Berlin on 26 May of that year.[1] A typical performance lasts around 26 minutes.

The Menuetto is distinguished by the evolution in the main minuet sections from a fairly conventional theme to a highly chromatic, driven transition.


  1. ^ Sadie, Stanley (1982). The New Grove Mozart. p. 154. ISBN 0-333-34199-6.

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