Set of Parts. Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Edited by Georg Feder. String Quartets. Henle Music Folios. Pages: Vl I Part = 38 * Vl II Part = 35 * Va Part = 35 * Vc Part = 29. Softcover. 140 pages. G. Henle #HN207. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480207).
Item Number: HL.51480207
The autograph score of the Quartets op. 17 was in the possession of the imperial police chief Johann Nepomuk Neuwirth, whose widow gave it to the Wiener Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in 1875. It is said that Haydn “used to play the viola in quartet rehearsals” at the Neuwirth's house. Whether the Quartets op. 17 were composed for these gatherings can no longer be ascertained. However, even today they still have a fixed place amongst the music of all chamber music friends – and in particular nos. 4, 5 and 6, which are very different to the divertimento style of the early quartets, are played again and again.