Allegro, from Suite for Mechanical Organ (string quartet)
Title: Allegro, from Suite for Mechanical Organ
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Violin 1; Violin 2; Viola; Cello
Printout: 8 pages
Note: After Beethoven’s death, a manuscript for a suite in G was found among his effects. There was no indication of the composer’s intended instrumentation, and scholars eventually surmised that it was written for mechanical organ or musical clock. It is an excellent piece for introducing intermediate students to string quartet playing, and it is useful to professionals for celebratory occasions or even light concert use.