Haydn's Emperor Quartet
In Charleston, South Carolina, Geoff Nuttal and the St. Lawrence Quartet play Haydn's classic Emperor Quartet for Scott.
GN: But you know which quartet would sum up the genius of Haydn,
as well or better than any others. And we came up with one of the late, Opus 76
quartets, the Emperor. So we have the four-movement
structure that he created early on, and it stayed with the quartets into
Beethoven and Mozart and everyone that followed. First movement
story telling. It's a simple story. Then the song, beautiful song Kaiserleid,
in this case. Dance! Third movement the Minuet. And then
the final movement is a party. Incredible energy, in this case, starting
dark and ending jubilant. So it's really
this first movement is one of his great stories.
SY: Love to hear it!
Here in Charleston with the St. Lawrence Quartet and in Austria and
Hungary, Haydn's old stomping grounds, I'd go with
Geoff to learn the story of the Emperor Quartet.
And through it the story of Haydn's creation of this genre of music.
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