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String Quartet in F Minor Hob.III:61 : 4. Finale. Presto
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Garrett Rowland

The Allegro started off incredible enough, with it's interesting theme and great interplay between the instruments, but then it really outdoes itself when it gets to that amazing quasi-fugal segment of the development section at 14:13.

That Finale truly is one of the most fun among the entire set of quartets as well. It's addicting.

Louie Grisafi

Great shaving music

Elaine Blackhurst

@bruce anderson
A worthwhile, and unfailingly lovely enthusiasm.

Haydn knew Dittersdorf 1739 - 1799) very well for nearly half a century from the mid-1750’s until the latter’s death in 1799 - they were good friends.

A fine violinist - in his early days, one of the best in Vienna - Dittersdorf crops up from time to time in the stories of Mozart and Haydn, most obviously as a part of the composers’ quartet with his two most famous contemporaries, and Vanhal (probably 1784).

Haydn performed Dittersdorf’s music, including as many as seven of his operas at Eszterhaza - four of his Italian operas alone in the 1776 and 1777 seasons - along with a number of symphonies.

Dittersdorf’s oratorio Esther (1773), the twelve symphonies* based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses (completed by 1786), and his German singspiel Doctor und Apotheker (1786), are all examples of very successful Viennese Classical works other than Mozart and Haydn.

I have a very good recording of the fine oratorio Giob (1786): interestingly, it impressed Joseph II very much who came up to Dittersdorf and told him that Giob (Job) had ‘...pleased me extraordinarily well’.
The Emperor then told the composer that he had had a copy made of the oratorio, and added ‘You don’t have anything against that, I’m sure’: Dittersdorf died penniless.

There are a number of violin concertos which of their type - early Classical works - are skilfully written, and as good as the best contemporary works, and there are six late string quartets that are worth seeking out.

Dittersdorf’s autobiography gives important insights into the music and personalities of the period.

I have commented on a number of Dittersdorf’s unfailingly attractive, interesting, and professionally composed works on YouTube; he is a composer of the period who is well worth investigating.

* Unfortunately, six of these fine symphonies have been lost, and only six survive today.

bruce anderson

@Elaine Blackhurst THANKS EB! Happy 2021. As 2032 has 'pandemic lapsed', I've a new enthusiasm, Ditters von Dittersdorf. With all gratitude, a small gift to share, peace!

Elaine Blackhurst

@bruce anderson
Very important.
Geiringer escaped from the Nazis before the war, first to England, then the US.
HC Robbins Landon was one of his early students.
The only thing to be careful with, is that occasionally, more recent scholarship has modified some of the factual data and therefore the basis of some conclusions.

bruce anderson

@Elaine Blackhurst Are you referring to Karl Geiringer? Last night I read the anecdote, in the footnote the author is equivocal? How important do you believe Geiringer's book is as an introduction to understanding Haydn?

Elaine Blackhurst

Timothy Thorne
It’s very important to be accurate and factually disciplined, particularly in the case of Haydn who is unfortunately carrying probably more spurious nonsense and downright baloney associated with him than most other composers put together.
(I’ve similarly removed my last sentence pointing out the original misunderstanding).

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