String Sextet in B-flat major, Op. 23, No. 2, G. 455
(for 2 violins, 2 violas and 2 cellos)
Composed in 1776, when Boccherini was around 33 years old 19 minutes (approximately)
allegro—fast, lively tempo
andantino—faster than andante, slower than allegretto. Sometimes andantino is interpreted as the opposite: slower than andante
chamber music, Kammermusik [G], Musique de chambre [F], Musica da camera [I]—"Classical Music" for a small ensemble, generally 8 or fewer players with a canonical emphasis on 3-6 players
minuet, menuet [F], Menuett [G], menuetto [I], minuetto [I]—A graceful, courtly French dance of the Baroque and Classical period with a triple meter and a moderate tempo.It was introduced at the court of Louis XIV. In classical forms such as the symphony or chamber music, the minuet evolved into the more vigorous scherzo.
moderato [I], moderamente, modéré [F], modérément [F]—moderately, at a moderate tempo, applying a touch of restraint to its related word(s), e.g. allegro moderato
sextet, sextour [F], sestetto [I]—six. Ensemble (or work) for six players.
string sextet—ensemble / composition typically for 2 violins, 2 violas and 2 cellos
with thinking heart and feeling mind, I'll embody your muse, thy soul divine