String Quartets Nos. 7–9, Op. 59 – Rasumovsky (Beethoven)
The three "Razumovsky" (or "Rasumovsky") string quartets, opus 59, are the quartets
They are the first three of what are usually known as the "Middle Period" string quartets, or simply the "Middle Quartets." The other two are
Beethoven uses a characteristically Russian theme in the first two quartets in honor of the prince who gave him the commission:
All three quartets were published as a set in 1808 in Vienna.
The quartets were generally received with uncertainty, as they deviated from the established genre of string quartets in their content and emotional range. However, one review published in 1807 stated that "Three new, very long and difficult Beethoven string quartets … are attracting the attention of all connoisseurs. The conception is profound and the construction excellent, but they are not easily comprehended."