String Quartets Book IV op. 20 (Sun Quartets)

Editor: Georg Feder, Sonja Gerlach
Preface: Christin Heitmann

33.95 $

Urtext Edition, Study score, paperbound

Pages: 115 (VIII, 107), Size 17,0 x 24,0 cm
Order no. HN 9208 · ISMN 979-0-2018-9208-5

This study edition complements the parts of the String Quartets op. 20 that have already been published in Henle Urtext (HN 208); a new preface by Christin Heitmann provides illuminating background information. Haydn did not assign the nickname “Sun Quartets”: it alludes to an edition of the time, in which the title page was decorated with a rising sun. The Quartets op. 20 are the last series in a group of earlier string quartets, but are clearly ahead of their time. The demanding fugues which close three of the six quartets are a particular structural feature.

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  • String Quartet (Sun Quartet) E flat major op. 20,1 Hob. III:31
  • String Quartet (Sun Quartet) C major op. 20,2 Hob. III:32
  • String Quartet (Sun Quartet) g minor op. 20,3 Hob. III:33
  • String Quartet (Sun Quartet) D major op. 20,4 Hob. III:34
  • String Quartet (Sun Quartet) f minor op. 20,5 Hob. III:35
  • String Quartet (Sun Quartet) A major op. 20,6 Hob. III:36