Day 103: Newhart In Vermont

HaydnCD103Something about today’s music (Haydn Piano Trio in F Hob IV: 6, especially) immediately made me think of the 1980s/90s Bob Newhart TV series called Newhart, the series in which Bob plays a how-to author named Dick Loudon who, with his wife Joanna, runs an historic inn in Vermont.

I’m not sure why.

I guess it’s because the music is sprightly, and vaguely Baroque, very New England-y. So, naturally, I thought of the classic TV series.

That may seem like quite a leap to you. But, that’s how my mind often works – making connections.

For information about these Haydn Piano Trios, please see yesterday’s post.

Providing the music for these Piano Trios is the Van Swieten Trio, which consists of:

Bart van Oort fortepiano
Remy Baudet violin
Jaap ter Linden cello

Here’s a list of Haydn’s piano trios. The are referred to by their Hoboken catalog names, and their date of composition is not always certain. So I’ll Continue reading

Day 3: Off to the Races

Haydn3This morning’s listening fare opened with a bang — like thoroughbreds out of the gate.

And it should. The first composition on CD 3 is Symphony No. 9 in C, the first movement of which is allegro molto — very quick.

Which is a terrific way to begin a day.

Symphony 9 in C is a short symphony – its three movements constitute only about 12 minutes in length – that seems to end much too quickly. No sooner are the horses out of the gate and sprinting down the track when the race is over, and I find myself in Symphony No. 10 in D.

In between, however, is Movement II (“Andante”), which — as the term suggests — is slower, literally “at a walking pace.” It gives my metaphorical horses a chance to catch their breath.

Movement III (“Finale: Menuetto & Trio”) is slow, graceful, in the tempo of a minuet (often in 3/4 or 6/8 time). So now the horses are Continue reading