Friedrich Grützmacher was a notable German cellist of the 19th century. Among his most notable playing experiences was being the cellist who premiered Richard Strauss's tone poem "Don Quixote" in 1898. Outside of performing, Grützmacher was also a composer. While he composed many different kinds of music, the majority of his compositions were for his instrument--the cello. His opus 65 "Consecration Hymn" is one such example of his cello works. A quartet for four cellos, this piece is a lush adagio string quartet that beautifully represents the music of Germany from the late 1800s.
Instrumentation: Cello Quartet