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The String Quartets of Joseph Haydn$
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Floyd Grave and Margaret Grave

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173574.001.0001

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Op. 71/74 ([?1792‐] 1793)

Op. 71/74 ([?1792‐] 1793)

(p.282) 15 Op. 71/74 ([?1792‐] 1793)
The String Quartets of Joseph Haydn

Floyd Grave

Margaret Grave

Oxford University Press

Dedicated to Count Apponyi and initially reserved for his private use, Op. 71/74 was eventually published by Corri, Dussek & Co. in London, and Artaria in Vienna. Conceived following the success of the London symphonies Nos. 93-98, they display sound-images that evoke the concert hall and were seemingly designed with public performance in mind. Distinctive traits include introductory “noise-killing” events, declamatory unisons, multiple-stopped chords, brilliant passagework, clear structural demarcations, and vivid contrasts in dynamics, texture, register, and harmony. Notwithstanding such features, which put the medium itself on display, these quartets stand as superlative examples of Haydn's string-quartet idiom, complete with decorative figuration, intricate motivic development, conversational dialogue, and thematic textures in which all instruments participate as equals.

Keywords:   Count Apponyi, Artaria, Corri, Dussek & Co, London, London symphonies, noise-killing introduction, public performance, Vienna

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