Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in a minor, Op. 13
Beethoven died in 1827, and that very same year was when his final five string quartets were printed. One teenage composer who got a hold of these quartets was Felix Mendelssohn, who excitedly studied them, and around the same time Mendelssohn fell in love with a girl and wrote her a song titled “Question.” That song would later be incorporated into his entire Second String Quartet as its central theme. In many ways, the String Quartet No. 2 by Mendelssohn is the culmination of youthful emotion and excitement over music that came before.