String Quartet No.3 for two violins, viola and cello. F Major.
2. Moderato con moto
3. Allegro non troppo
Dedication: "To the Beethoven Quartet: Dmitrii Mikhailovich Tsyganov, Vasilii Petrovich Shirinsky, Vadim Vasilievich Borisovsky and Sergei Pewtrovich Shirinsky".
Premiere: December 16, 1946. Moscow, Small Hall of the Conservatoire. Beethoven Quartet.
First Edition: The score was published by "Muzgiz" Publishers in 1947.
Manuscripts: The hand-written score and also drafts of the score and piano score are in the Russian State Archive for Literature and Art (Stack 2048, Inv.1, Items 31-33).
"I regard the Third Quartet as one of my most successful compositions".
(From a letter dated: April 22, 1950)