Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 50

Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 50

by W. Dean Sutcliffe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521399955

ISBN-13: 9780521399951

Pub. Date: 06/17/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Op. 50 string quartets contain some of the purest writing Haydn ever accomplished. In this first full account of the six quartets, Dean Sutcliffe evaluates the Op. 50 in relation to Haydn's more frequently performed quartets and considers their relevance to Haydn's wider output. Each quartet is discussed in detail. The background to these works includes a brief

Overview

The Op. 50 string quartets contain some of the purest writing Haydn ever accomplished. In this first full account of the six quartets, Dean Sutcliffe evaluates the Op. 50 in relation to Haydn's more frequently performed quartets and considers their relevance to Haydn's wider output. Each quartet is discussed in detail. The background to these works 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 that is vividly documented here for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521399951
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/17/2004
Series:
Cambridge Music Handbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.31(d)

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.

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