Discussion On The Unusual Form Of the Finale Of Haydn's Op.54, no.2.

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Discussion On The Unusual Form Of the Finale Of Haydn's Op.54, no.2 The three String Quartets that make up Haydn's Op.54 were probably written for the virtuoso violonist Johann Tost , and are therefore widely known as the "Tost Quartets." A feature common to all three of the quartets is the difficult writing of the first violin part. A specific debate of concern arises when we look at the finale of the C Major Quartet, No. 2 …

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…and melody accomp all appear Adagio122-40 begins as 1-8, continues as 9-56. Appendix 3- tessitura outlines for mvt 2 in comparison to mvt 4 MVT2, Adagio A1-8 defines the range for the 3 accompanying instruments. B 17-35 Then violin1 takes up its own range, independent of the A26-35 tessitura defined in 1-8. MVT4, Finale Adagio9-56 similar to mvt 2, now cello takes up the "wandering". The other voices stick to their own already defined tessituras.