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 Esterhazy Royal family (30 years), isolated at the Eszterhaza??”the family??™s vast summer estate??”in Fertod, 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, 18:13 UTC. 21 Mar 2009 .