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String Quartet No.5 in E Flat Major Hob.II:6 : 1. Presto
Franz Joseph Haydn Lyrics

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Guy Gelinas

I like all the string quartets of Haydn


"Composed in 1751." This means he was 19 when he wrote it. For that it's pretty damn good.

ThoseSpacesInBetween D.E. Palm

Really beginning to dig my toes into Papa Haydn; this is wonderful.
Love, Laughter, Love


The very small baby (I could hold him in the palm of my hand) who is now my big lad of 18 heard this when he was a baby, we didn't know if we were going to be able to keep him as he was so very tiny when he was born. Every time I hear this piece I imagine Mr Haydn with the angels smiling at us and rejoicing with us!


Mr Haydn wrote this for my baby son Jonathan, who was very premature. He still loves it!

Edward Weaver

Divertimento? What modification makes this a divertimento?

Edward Weaver

@Elaine Blackhurst it does. I have another question.

Elaine Blackhurst

A number of Haydn’s very early string quartets, along with a number of other works from all periods, were labelled divertimenti - often with a number (a 4ttro, a 8tto for example) - which comes from the Italian verb divertire = to amuse.
Divertimenti were literally ‘amusements’.

In fact, up to about 1780, Haydn used the word divertimento for:
keyboard sonatas,
string trios,
baryton trios,
the baryton octets (correctly the Divertimenti a otto voci),
windband music.
Et cetera.

Many other composers of the Classical period (c.1750 - 1800) in Austria also used this loose generalised title for a wide variety of instrumental music - Mozart most obviously, but almost everyone else as well - and for almost anything other than orchestral music and symphonies.

Additionally, Haydn also used the term ‘in piccolo divertimento’ for the astonishing Variations in f minor for piano as late as 1793; they are arguably the greatest set of keyboard variations of the second half of the eighteenth century.

As publishers began to sell music all across Europe, the generalised word divertimento fell out of favour and was replaced by the more precise sonata, trio, quartet and so forth which was far more useful to music shops, musicians, and the general public.

Hope that helps.

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