Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 50

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 12, 1992 - Music - 114 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

1 Origins of the genre
1
2 Development of the genre
7
3 Capellmeister at Esterhaza
24
4 Genesis
28
5 The story of the autographs
37
6 Critical reception
48
7 Design
53
8 The individual works
66
Notes
105
Select bibliography
109
Index
112
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W. Dean Sutcliffe is University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St Catharine's College. He is author of Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 50 (1992) in the Cambridge Music Handbook series and editor of Haydn Studies (Cambridge 1998). He is also co-editor of the Cambridge journal Eighteenth-Century Music, the first issue of which will be published in 2004.

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