Art of Listening Concert Report

Concert Report
Haydn 2009 ∙ The Complete String Quartets
Friday, March 20, 2009 ∙ 9PM
Pollack Hall, Schulich School of Music, McGill University

For both pieces, by Franz Joseph Haydn:
  {draw:rect} String Quartet No. 26 in g Minor, Op. 20, No. 3, Hob. III:33: Movement IV, Finale: Allegro di molto
      String Quartet No. 64 in D Major, Op. 76, No. 5, Hob. III:79:     Movement II, Largo: Cantabile e mesto
        spent most of his working life as Kapellmeister of the Esterházy   Royal family (30 years), isolated at the Eszterháza—the family’s   vast summer estate—in Fertőd,   Hungary1
        Classical era (lecture notes from Thursday, February 5, 2009)
      string quartet: two violins (Violin 1, Violin 2), one viola,   and one cello (_Listen_, 209)
      very typical of the Classical period due to its four-movement   plan, form, and texture (_Listen_, 209-10)
      uses sonata form, variations, minuet with trio, as well as   rondo form in quartet—all very characteristic of the Classical   era; both pieces appear to be in sonata form (_Listen_, 209)
      instruments play in homophony, tune is very prominent, clear   and easy-to-follow (_Listen_, 178-9)
      orchestration is atypical, however, due to the limited number   of players and no conductor (no real balance/contrast between   soloist and “orchestra”) (_Listen_, 209-10)
    Every good thing must come to an end, and within a short hour and a half, my amazing night with the Brentano String Quartet had come to an end. There only remains but two regrets for the night; not having sat closer to the performers; and not purchasing more tickets for other concerts of the festival!
{draw:rect} Bibliography
      James Webster and Georg Feder. "Haydn, Joseph." Grove Music       Online. Oxford Music Online. 21 Mar. 2009         "String Quartets, Op. 20 (Haydn)." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 28 Feb 2009,...