This month I chose Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12 in F, Opus 96 for the listening assignment because what holiday is more American than Thanksgiving? Dvorak was said to be inspired by the Minnehaha Falls as well as parts of Iowa when he moved to the US. See if you can can hear the inspiration of the Midwestern landscape in this piece.
Also of note, the melody is first played by the viola! String quartets are some of the best (and most fun!) repertoire to play, but especially for the viola. Dvorak utilized all four musicians quite well in this piece.
Listen and enjoy, and feel free to leave any comments or questions below :)