They were the first string quartets he wrote.
Will I hear a freshman string quartet writer? Will I hear compositions that lack confidence, seem tentative?
Or will these be like everything else I’ve heard to date – masterful?
Time – precisely 69 minutes and 22 seconds – will tell.
As I note in the quotations below, these string quartets were composed with five movements each.
Haydn String Quartet Op. 1 No. 1 in B Flat (for some reason, nicknamed “La Chasse”)
Overall impressions: Movement I began slowly and stately. No real surprises. Movement II (“Minuet – Minuet secondo”) featured an unexpected pizzicato at about the 1:42 mark, right in the middle of the movement until about 2/3 of the way into it (around the 3:00 minute). Then it totally becomes the string quartet version of Haydn Symphony No. 73 in D “La Chasse” that I wrote about on October 22nd, right down to the aforementioned pizzicato portions.
This is interesting. I just realized that Haydn’s Symphony No. 73 in D was written in 1782. Haydn was 50. Yet, his String Quartet Op. 1 No. 1 was composed in 1762 when he was 30. So the string quartet preceded the symphony by two decades. I thought it was Continue reading