Unlocking the Masters: Haydn

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(Unlocking the Masters). No composer has ever achieved the amazing progression that Haydn has. He invented the string quartet as we know it today, became "the Father of the Symphony," and founded the greatest school in the history of music. His life was one of ceaseless experimentation and invention, of problems surmounted and challenges met. In this book, No. 6 in the Amadeus Press Unlocking the Masters series, David Hurwitz acquaints readers with Haydn's innovative melodic creativity, his revolutionary use of musical form, and important

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Overview

(Unlocking the Masters). No composer has ever achieved the amazing progression that Haydn has. He invented the string quartet as we know it today, became "the Father of the Symphony," and founded the greatest school in the history of music. His life was one of ceaseless experimentation and invention, of problems surmounted and challenges met. In this book, No. 6 in the Amadeus Press Unlocking the Masters series, David Hurwitz acquaints readers with Haydn's innovative melodic creativity, his revolutionary use of musical form, and important characteristics of his personal style, including his genius for writing in minor keys and creating comedy in his music. In addition to Haydn's principal instrumental works, Hurwitz explores Haydn's vocal music and instrumental masterpieces that fall outside the mainstream. Four appendixes list all of his symphonies, string quartets, piano sonatas, and piano trios. Two Universal Records CDs provide over two and a half hours of music keyed to pieces described in the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574671162
  • Publisher: Amadeus Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/5/2005
  • Series: Unlocking the Masters Series
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,150,776
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Extraordinary musician, ordinary man
Ch. 1 Inventing music as we know it (and why this turned out to be a mixed blessing) 3
Ch. 2 How to listen to complete works 31
Ch. 3 Haydn in his own words 47
Pt. 2 Movement types in Haydn's instrumental music
Ch. 4 Overview 59
Ch. 5 First movements 65
Ch. 6 Slow movements 75
Ch. 7 Minuets/scherzos 91
Ch. 8 Finales (grand and otherwise) 99
Pt. 3 A topical view
Ch. 9 Vocal works, sacred and secular 119
Ch. 10 Solitary masterworks 141
Ch. 11 From tragedy to comedy : Haydn's war on blandness 155
Conclusion : the road forward 173
App. 1 Symphonies 181
App. 2 String quartets 187
App. 3 Piano trios 191
App. 4 Piano Sonatas 193
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