I’ve had the pleasure of playing Beethoven with my quartet lately. One movement I find particularly beautiful. It is the Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato from his Quartet No. 1 in F major.

Legend goes that Beethoven was inspired by the tomb scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Settle in let yourself be swept away by this piece. It is just under 1o minutes long. You can listen to it at the link below.