Haydn, J :: Four London Trios (Divertimenti) Hob. IV: 1-4

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  • Composer
    Haydn, J
  • Instrumentation
    Flute, 1 Wind, 1 String
  • Publisher
    International Music Company (IMC) [2135]
  • Editor
    Balet, Leo
  • Orchestration
    2 fl, vc
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Four London Trios (Divertimenti) Hob. IV: 1-4

Haydn, J

International Music Company presents Joseph Haydn's 'Four London Trios' (Divertimenti) Hob. IV: 1-4 for two flutes and cello edited by Leo Balet. This edition includes parts only.

'Willoughby Bertie, the fourth Earl of Abingdon (1740 1799), was one of Franz Joseph Haydn s leading patrons during the composer s two extended visits to the British capital (1791 1795). He had already helped pave the way for Haydn s great popularity with the London concert-going public throughhis promotion of Haydn s music throughout the 1780s, including two concert series of his own from 1783 to 1784. Lord Abingdon was one of a group of supporters, led by violinist and impresario Johann Peter Salomon, who personally negotiated with the then celebrated composer to lure him to London. A friendship developed between the British noblemanand the wheelwright s son from provincial Austria. Haydn visited Abingdon s estate in the summer of 1794 and accompanied himto Hertfordshire in November. It was for the latter occasion that Haydn wrote a set of four trios, now known as the London trios, for the unusual combination of two flutes and cello. He presented one of the trios to Abingdon and another to his host for the day, Baron Aston. Be fitting the skill set of leisured English gentlemen of the time, both were flute players of some ability. (Abingdon also composed 'miserably,' according to Haydn). The two trios were published and arranged in London a few years later, but all four fell into obscurity until revived early in the last century. They are delightful works. The opening theme of the G-major trio is march-like and carefully designed to allow for an abundance of contrapuntal imitation by all three instruments. Technically, the flute writing would fall within the abilities of the amateur musician, given that flute, together with harpsichord and voice, were the instruments of choice in polite society. As with much music from classicaland Baroque times, the flute line transfers comfortably to violin. The slow movement explores the sonorous, more intimate lower register of the flute. In the finale, it is worth noting the consistent attention to detail Haydn brings to a score essentially designed for domestic music-making.'

- Stanford, 2015

  • Composer
    Haydn, J
  • Instrumentation
    Flute, 1 Wind, 1 String
  • Publisher
    International Music Company (IMC) [2135]
  • Editor
    Balet, Leo
  • Orchestration
    2 fl, vc
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Collections
  • Genre
    Undefined
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