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John Williams John Williams

Air and Simple Gifts
(for clarinet, violin, cello and piano)
I don’t choose what I compose. It chooses me. Gustav Mahler

Haydn, String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No 1

March 1st, 2012

Joseph Haydn, 1732-1809

String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No 1, 1799

1799 quietly witnessed a great turning point in the history of the string quartet. With Mozart gone, both an elderly Haydn and a young Beethoven were simultaneously working on a new set of string quartets: Haydn’s last and Beethoven’s first. On this noteworthy “passing of the baton”, the composers shared a common patron. A young Price Lobkowitz commissioned both composers around the same time. Beethoven’s Op. 18 was published at the end of 1801, Haydn’s Op. 77 in early 1802. It is no surprise that Haydn’s last quartets are often called “Beethovenian” just as Beethoven’s first quartets may be called “Haydnesque.” Together, they comprise a great high water mark of the mature Viennese style before Beethoven’s middle period expansion. And just as Beethoven’s quartets are “early”, hewing close to Haydn as a model, Haydn’s final quartets represent his own most modern, consolidated and polished efforts in the form with many forward looking aspects. « more »

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