Day 122: Ballykissangel Incidental Music?

HaydnCD122One song from today’s baryton trios really jumped out at me: Movement III (“Finale: Scherzo Presto”) from Haydn Baryton Trio No. 76 in C.

I would bet dollars to donuts (what does that mean, anyway?) I’ve heard that before, possibly on one of my favorite BBC TV shows, Ballykissangel.

It’s not the theme song. That much I know.

But it sounds remarkably like snippets of incidental music I’ve heard in that wonderful series.

Screen Shot 2014-01-30 at 10.54.46 AMAt least, I think I’ve heard those sounds in Ballykissangel. Or was it Doc Martin? No. Must have been Ballykissangel.

Yet, if that’s true, then why can’t I find mention of it when I Google the name of the baryton trio and the name of the TV show?

I’ll keep digging.

Hey, something else of interest. I just discovered the pdf booklet that comes with the Brilliant Classics Haydn Edition:

The baryton’s technical limitations meant that the vast majority are in the keys of A (the easiest of all for the baryton), D and G, with a correspondingly narrow range of modulation within movements. The dark, husky instrumental palette lends itself particularly well to stately slow movements, something of a speciality in these trios.

See? Even I – a chap without a degree in musicology – knew that the baryton trios were mostly in the key of A, and were mostly slow in tempo.

Yeah. You with your Ph.D. in Musicology and your room-temperature brie and ever-so-slightly chilled Pinot Grigio. Yeah. Who’s laughing now, huh?

Other standout tracks were:

Track 1, which is Movement I (“Adagio”) of Haydn Baryton Trio No. 74 in D.

Track 5, which is Movement II ( “Menuet” Allegretto”) of Haydn Baryton Trio No. 75 in A.

Track 15, which is Movement II (“Menuet: Allegretto”) of Haydn Baryton Trio No. 78 in D.

Appears I could be called Mr. Allegretto today.

EsterhazyEnsembleHere are the members of the Esterhazy Ensemble playing today’s Baryton Trios:

Michael Brussing baryton
Andras Bolyki viola
Maria Andrasfalvy-Brussing cello

Below is what I listened to this morning. NOTE: I don’t know if people didn’t keep track of such things back then, or if these are just too old. But the date of composition on these seems to be nebulous, anywhere from 1766 to 1776, give or take. Haydn was in his early thirties for most of these. Give or take.

Haydn Baryton Trio No. 74 in D

Haydn Baryton Trio No. 75 in A

Haydn Baryton Trio No. 76 in C

Haydn Baryton Trio No. 77 in G

Haydn Baryton Trio No. 78 in D

Haydn Baryton Trio No. 80 in G

I’m not going to look up each one of these on YouTube this time.

You’ve got fingers. Do it yourself.

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