The last of Beethoven's middle period string quartets, the String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Opus 95, represents a departure for Beethoven. The work, which became known as the "Serioso" quartet after Beethoven's initial tempo marking of "Quartetto Serioso," was marked on the autograph as being completed in October 1810, but did not receive a first performance until 1814. Beethoven was quoted as saying the work was never intended for public performance. Throughout the quartet, Beethoven experiments with new techniques that he had not used in previous quartets, with silences and unusual tonality for a sonata form work. This is the Performer's Edition Pocket Score of the work, designed for easy transport in a case or compact carrying for study of the work.
THE CIRCLE RHODES QUARTET Welcome to a world without gravity. A massive explosion from the sun grips the Earth's magnetic field as it passes, causing the Earth's rotation rate to increase. The faster speed creates the effect of a merry-go-round, and as a result, anything freestanding suddenly floats up in the air in a sudden, terrifying rush. Millions perish in the terrifying ascent. Two of the survivors are Ruth and Steven Rhodes, two M.I.T. graduates, and their small child, Circle. Circle comes of age in the air, a world of chaos, instability, and uncertainty. Follow Circle in his journey in the sky, across the world, and through his life in a world that is up in the air, but where people long to be grounded. BOOK 1: A WORLD WITHOUT GRAVITY The Rhodes journey to Houston, Texas, because Ruth has heard rumors that people from NASA are meeting to discuss how to return to the ground. Here the Rhodes meet Gabriel Martinez and his math genius daughter, Rosario, who becomes Circle's friend. The Houston community has developed floating gardens, large pieces of hovering land that allow people to grow fresh food. The gardens create conflict, however, because a man named Mr. Butler creates an armed force that takes over the gardens. In order to remain free in the air, the Rhodes and the NASA community must eventually take a stand.
Unexpected love-plus passion, intrigue, and danger-challenge our hero to embrace his true nature. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love. After a decade of captaining diplomatic voyages for Frobisher Shipping, alongside covert missions for the Crown, Captain Robert Frobisher decides that establishing a home-with hearth and wife-should be his next challenge. But an unexpected mission intervenes. Although Robert sees himself as a conservative businessman-cum-diplomat and this mission is far from his usual sphere, it nevertheless falls within the scope of his abilities. As matters are urgent, he agrees to depart for West Africa forthwith. To Robert, his way forward is clear: Get to Freetown, determine the location of a slavers' camp, return to London with the information, and then proceed to find himself a wife. Already in Freetown, Miss Aileen Hopkins is set on finding her younger brother Will, a naval lieutenant who has mysteriously disappeared. Find Will and rescue him; determined and resolute, Aileen is not about to allow anyone to turn her from her path. But all too quickly, that path grows dark and dangerous. And then Robert Frobisher appears and attempts to divert her in more ways than one. Accustomed to managing diplomats and bureaucrats, Robert discovers that manipulating a twenty-seven-year-old spinster lies outside his area of expertise. Prodded by an insistent need to protect Aileen, he realizes that joining forces with her is the surest path to meeting all the challenges before him-completing his mission, keeping her safe, and securing the woman he wants as his wife. But the villains strike and disrupt their careful plans-leaving Robert and Aileen no choice but to attempt a last throw of the dice to complete his mission and further her brother's rescue.