|Shostakovich in 1935|
The last two movements are an allegro molto followed by an allegro. The whole quartet is about 14 minutes in duration, or half the length of some of his longer symphonic movements. Here is the third movement, a scherzo, played by the Emerson Quartet:
And the finale, also in sonata form like the first movement:
Cheerful, accomplished music with no great profundity. One of the most interesting things about this is that Shostakovich does not seem to have felt the great weight of the string quartet tradition on him that tended to crush composers like Brahms. He set out just to write a piece of music. But by the end of his fifteen quartets he had made the greatest contribution to the string quartet since Beethoven.