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The String Quartets of Joseph Haydn
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The String Quartets of Joseph Haydn

Floyd Grave and Margaret Grave

Abstract

Encompassing sixty-eight works composed over a span of more than four decades, Haydn's quartet oeuvre contributed to the establishment, solidification, and refinement of late 18th-century chamber-music practices, notably by furnishing superlative models of idiomatic ensemble technique (involving textural diversity and continuous change in relationship among the instruments), style (highlighting the play of formal conventions and musical customs associated with folk music, popular dance, opera, concerto, and other genres), and compositional process (featuring motivic elaboration, harmonic novel ... More

Keywords: compositional process, chamber-music practices, ensemble technique, formal convention, genre, musical irony, musical wit, musical humor, novelty, opus group

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195173574
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173574.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Floyd Grave, author
Rutgers University

Margaret Grave, author

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