Mozart: The 'Haydn' Quartets

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 8, 1998 - Music - 105 pages
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The six string quartets dedicated to his friend Joseph Haydn represent a turning point in Mozart's compositional development. In addition to providing a full synopsis of each quartet this book examines the music in relation to Mozart's earlier quartets, considers the genesis of the six 'Haydn' quartets through close examination of the autograph revisions and looks at contemporary eighteenth-century analytical models. John Irving also charts the reception of the quartets, drawing upon a broad range of sources: Mozart's letters and diary entries, early newspaper reports, harmony/compositional textbooks, contemporary criticism and early biographies.
 

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Contents

Mozarts early quartets
5
Genesis of the Haydn quartets
12
The autograph
14
Textual revisions
15
Steps to publication
19
The individual quartets a synopsis
25
K387 in G
26
K421 in D minor
33
Some theoretical perspectives
61
Topicality in the first movement of K458
68
Reception of the Haydn quartets
73
Early critical reactions
74
Early nineteenthcentury narrativity
75
Fetis and the Adagio of K465
76
Twentiethcentury approaches
78
Mozarts Dedication Page 1785
85

K458 in B flat
37
K428 in E flat
44
K464 in A
49
K465 in C
54

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