Main content

Beethoven: Grosse Fuge

Stephen Johnson offers an insight into the mechanics of Beethoven's Grosse Fuge, pulling apart this string quartet masterpiece and exploring how we should go about listening to it.

It's adored for its logic, beauty, and total honesty, but Beethoven's 'Grosse Fuge' has also been branded one of the most mystifying of all the composer's works. Stephen Johnson pulls apart this string quartet masterpiece, which Beethoven himself subtitled 'somewhat free, somewhat scholarly', and explores how on earth we should go about listening to it.

Available now

20 minutes


Role Contributor
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven


  • Mon 3 Oct 2011 20:30

Featured in...

Composers A to Z

Composers A to Z

Visit the extensive audio archive of Radio 3 programmes about Composers and their works.