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String Quartet in F Sharp Minor Hob.III:47 : 3. Menuetto
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Elaine Blackhurst

Garrett Rowland
You are quite right - it’s a fascinating quartet.

Perhaps I might add that besides the minor/major exploration, Opus 50 No 4 is also one one of Haydn’s quite common, carefully constructed third-related key journeys.

The basic tonality of the work is as follows:

1st movement: f# minor resolving into F# major - strangely however, it really does not feel like a proper major, or ‘happy’ if you like, ending.

2nd movement: A major - but with contrasting a minor section.

3rd movement: F# major - f# minor - F# major.

4th movement: f# minor - and ending in the minor; arguably the most profound fugue since JS Bach and ending enigmatically, almost in the world of Beethoven’s c# minor quartet Opus 131 written about 40 years later.

It is a great, highly original, and quintessentially Haydn string quartet.



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Garrett Rowland

Interesting that the recapitulation of the first movement is in F# Major, and the movement finishes up in major. Then as a counter, the fugue finale keeps its dark mood from start to finish.

This whole quartet explores the dynamics between major and minor.

Elaine Blackhurst

@arthur gride
You are absolutely right, thanks for the correction; I do not know what I was thinking - very embarrassed!
(Ive edited and corrected my comment above).

arthur gride

surely the 3rd movt is major/minor/major@Elaine Blackhurst

Elaine Blackhurst

Garrett Rowland
You are quite right - it’s a fascinating quartet.

Perhaps I might add that besides the minor/major exploration, Opus 50 No 4 is also one one of Haydn’s quite common, carefully constructed third-related key journeys.

The basic tonality of the work is as follows:

1st movement: f# minor resolving into F# major - strangely however, it really does not feel like a proper major, or ‘happy’ if you like, ending.

2nd movement: A major - but with contrasting a minor section.

3rd movement: F# major - f# minor - F# major.

4th movement: f# minor - and ending in the minor; arguably the most profound fugue since JS Bach and ending enigmatically, almost in the world of Beethoven’s c# minor quartet Opus 131 written about 40 years later.

It is a great, highly original, and quintessentially Haydn string quartet.

Derek Suszko

This quartet has everything

Glornt

The opening of Beethoven's Symphony #5 is the opening of this quartet turned upside down. I've always wondered if maybe this got stuck in his subconscious and took about 20 years to surface in his own music, and surprised not to find any references to this similarity.

Elaine Blackhurst

Have a little listen to the first movement of Haydn’s Symphony 28 (1765); you might recognise something in the obsessive working of a surprisingly familiar little motif.

belkaxd

It's a beautiful

Brian Knapp

Brilliant!

Amadeus

Andante (2nd mov.) is my favorite.

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