About work: Bella's String Quartet in G Minor is the Slovak composer's earliest known quartet composition. In its musical ideas and their development Bella's quartet is indebted to the musical language of Viennese classicism, although in the main avoiding its Beethovenian reaches. 23-year-old composer wrote a work of balanced proportions and inventive procedure drawing on an undemonstrative, but fresh, thematic invention. The composition was written for Bella's own amateur quartet, in which he usually took the viola part.