View Poll Results: How Highly Do You Rate Haydn's String Quartets?

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  • Among the peak of classical chamber music, ever

    35 68.63%
  • As good as any collection of SQ

    12 23.53%
  • Uneven quality, some good, some weak

    3 5.88%
  • I dislike Haydn SQ

    0 0%
  • Undecided

    0 0%
  • Have not listened to any

    0 0%
  • Who cares

    1 1.96%
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Thread: How Highly Do You Rate Haydn's String Quartets?

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    Over sixty string quartets, if I counted correctly. Many were published. Many served as models for all later string quartets. A major oeuvre in the entire chamber music repertoire. Barely anyone I know who has significant listening experience have not listened to at least one quartet by Haydn.

    I am curious how highly or otherwise you might rate these pieces.

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    Here is the complete listening,

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...y_Joseph_Haydn

    I consider these SQ as representing the peak of classical chamber music.

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    The quartets start at 0p3, then 17, then 20, then 33, then 42, then 50, 54, 55, 64, 76, 77, end with the unfinished 103. There's wonderful music in all of them. It's probably true to say that the later quartets are the greater ones, but, as in his symphonies 1- say 81, there are just so many magical, great movements and moments that you want to get to know the bloody lot. What a great composer. Get to know as many as you can, is my advice.

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    Very highly. Only Beethoven and Bartok sound better to my ears.

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    I would rate only Shostakovich and Beethoven higher, and Dvorak and Schubert on par. Excellent works, for me the best genre in Haydn's oeuvre.

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    They fall into the huge chasm between "Among the peak of classical chamber music, ever" and "As good as any collection of SQ." Due to their unusual numbers, there's bound to be a few that are merely good. Most are quite good.
    Last edited by Weston; Mar-02-2016 at 14:28.

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    I don't see how you can't rate them among the greatest, after all Haydn was father of the string quartet.

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    As good as any collection of SQ, so many to choose from

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    among the greatest and as good as any good collection of SQ. Btw I'm listening to Deutschland, Deutschland über alles, über alles in der Welt"
    Man muss das Leben tanzen

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    I voted "among the peak," but I'm not sure about "as good as any collection of SQs." I think the second choice is a higher bar than the first.

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    At the peak, along with Beethoven's.

    To me the string quartet was made for the classical style and no later quartets, as great as they may be, reach the level of Haydn and Beethoven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dieter View Post
    The quartets start at 0p3, then 17, then 20, then 33, then 42, then 50, 54, 55, 64, 76, 77, end with the unfinished 103. There's wonderful music in all of them. It's probably true to say that the later quartets are the greater ones, but, as in his symphonies 1- say 81, there are just so many magical, great movements and moments that you want to get to know the bloody lot. What a great composer. Get to know as many as you can, is my advice.
    You omitted the six quartets of Op. 9, some of the very best of the bunch!

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    When you watch TV or the movies and they are having a soiree with a string quartet in the background, it's almost always Haydn. If the popular culture likes them, that makes them great, right? [Inserting tongue in cheek]

    Personally, as a whole, I think they are great, and most of them are marvelous.

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    To me the string quartet was made for the classical style and no later quartets, as great as they may be, reach the level of Haydn and Beethoven.

    It was the golden years, and we have Haydn to thank for it. But as 19th century waned, and the 20th century blossomed, we had new forms which look back for inspiration, and look forward to the unknown. The magickal gift indeed...

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    Haydn's quartets are right up there with Beethoven's. My Top 5 of "great quartet composers" would be something like this:

    1. Beethoven
    2. Haydn
    3. Shostakovich
    4. Dvořák
    5. Bartók

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