Quintettsatz in D minor (Beethoven)

The Quintettsatz in D minor, Hess 40, is an incomplete composition for string quintet with two violas by Ludwig van Beethoven. Comprising a completed prelude and an incomplete fugue, it was composed in 1817 around the same time as the Fugue for String Quintet in D major, Op. 137.[1]


From surviving manuscripts, it appears that Beethoven first started work on the quintet around 1815, with sketches of the fugue being found amongst sketches for the Ninth Symphony.[1] [2] It is unclear at this time if Beethoven completed the work.


The composition, which takes around three minutes to perform, is structured as a single movement marked Adagio - Allegro.


  1. ^ a b (Kurth 2002, p. V)
  2. ^ (Marston 2004, p. 201)
  • Marston, Nicholas (June 2004). "Review: Ludwig van Beethoven, Streichquintette (String Quintets) edited by Sabine Kurth". Nineteenth-Century Music Review. 1 (1): 201–203. doi:10.1017/S1479409800002081. S2CID 191356187. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  • Kurth, Sabine (2002). Ludwig van Beethoven, Streichquintette (String Quintets) (PDF). G. Henle Verlag.

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