London Trios Hob.IV:1-4 (Study Score). By Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Edited by Andreas Friesenhagen. For Cello, Flute. STUDY EDITION. Henle Study Scores. Pages: X and 31. Softcover. 42 pages. G. Henle #HN9454. Published by G. Henle (HL.51489454).
For piano, 2 horns, violin, and cello. London, with its bustling musical scene, always provided Haydn with welcome surroundings at a time when the flute was extraordinarily popular among English amateurs. The Earl of Abingdon, an accomplished flautist, undoubtedly enjoyed playing these entertaining trios. Abingdon was a member of Haydn's circle of acquaintances in London and a composer in his own right: a theme from one of his songs (“The Lady's Mirror”) served Haydn for a set of variations in the second trio. Neither men could have foreseen the huge success that these cheerful and straightforward pieces would enjoy among music-lovers all over the world.