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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 50

Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 50

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  • Date Published: March 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521399951

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  • The Op. 50 string quartets contain some of the purest writing Haydn ever accomplished. In this first full account of these six quartets Dean Sutcliffe evaluates the Op. 50 in relation to Haydn's more frequently performed quartets and considers their relevance to the composer's wider output. A lucid and accessible discussion of the music emphasises the unity of each quartet: not only motivic unity, but unity also of texture, articulation, harmony and syntax. Each quartet is described in detail. The informative background provided by Dr Sutcliffe includes a brief history of the string quartet, and an assessment of Haydn's earlier works in this genre and of his role at Esterhaza. The description of the composition and publication of the Op. 50 quartets is based on the evidence of Haydn's surviving letters and the recently discovered autograph copies of Nos. 3 to 6 - a discovery which is vividly documented here for the first time.

    • The first full account of an important group of quartets by Haydn - the 'father of the string quartet'
    • It includes a brief history of the string quartet and discussion of other quartets by Haydn
    • Contains a vivid account of the discovery of the autograph copies of four of these quartets
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    ' … the author is able to relate this comparatively neglected part of the Haydn quartet literature to the rest of the composer's work and so produce a mongoraph which many should find interesting.' Musical Times

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    • Date Published: March 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521399951
    • length: 128 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 7 mm
    • weight: 0.17kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface
    1. Origins of the genre
    2. Development of the genre
    3. Kapellmeister at Esterhaza
    4. Genesis
    5. The story of the autographs
    6. Critical reception
    7. Design
    8. The individual works
    Notes
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    W. Dean Sutcliffe, University of Auckland

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