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Beethoven’s Razumovsky String quartets began life in 1806 after the Russian Ambassador in Vienna, named Count Andreas Kirillovich Razumovsky, commissioned Beethoven to write for his private string quartet. Razumovsky had a reputation both as a music lover and also as a performer, his string quartet soon became one of the most highly respected ensembles of its time. The work itself lay ruin to the early string quartets that Beethoven had previously composed. They displayed an enormous leap in his compositional style and left many listeners utterly perplexed. Bernhard Romberg, cellist for the quartet, famously threw his score on the ground and trampled on it. The work was described by the public as the “Botched work of a lunatic!”. Beethoven had re-defined the rules in which court music was to be consumed and took the string quartet out of the confines of the private house and into the concert hall.