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Dear friends,

Our first concert of the fifth season will take place on September 10th in San Francisco and on September 11th in Palo Alto.

There is plenty of time to order season tickets! Click here to purchase with a credit card at Brown Paper Tickets.  Click here to get a printable order form.

You may also purchase advance tickets to our individual concerts online. Click the city name to purchase September concert tickets in San Francisco or Palo Alto. Tickets will also be available at the door (by cash/check only).

See you at the concert!

All the best,

Lisa, Kati, Anthony, and Bill
The New Esterházy Quartet

I • Dedicated to Haydn V
Quartets by Haydn, Bernard Romberg, and Mozart (in A, K. 464)

Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 8pm; St Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco
note: this is an evening concert

Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 4pm; All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Palo Alto

This season the New Esterházy Quartet conclude their survey of string quartets dedicated to Haydn during his lifetime. There were 66 in all, published in six sets of 6 quartets and eleven sets of 3. The composers ranged from Haydn’s students in Vienna to composers from France, Germany, Italy, and Sweden who never met Haydn but expressed their admiration for him by dedications of works in the genre Haydn had done so much to develop and make popular. Although Haydn's student Ignaz Pleyel published his Opus 2 in 1784 with a dedication to "his most celebrated and esteemed a Sign of perpetual Gratitude" it was the set of  6 quartets published a year later by Haydn’s friend Mozart that has remained pre-eminent among all 66.

In the first concerts of their Fifth Season the NEQ play the fifth of Mozart’s “Haydn Quartets.” It is in A major, and often has been overshadowed by the sunny first, the ominous second, the rousing Hunt and the mysterious Dissonant. But to connoisseurs, including Beethoven, whose fifth quartet of his Op. 18 was influenced by it, K. 464 represents one of Mozart’s greatest achievements in the fine and civilized art of quartet conversation.

The other quartet dedicated to Haydn on the program is by the cello virtuoso Bernard Romberg (1767–1841). Famed as a teacher, orchestral player, composer, and travelling soloist, his career took him all over western and eastern Europe. In Vienna in 1796, he premiered Beethoven’s Op. 5 cello sonatas with the composer at the piano. Composer of 11 string quartets, his first set was dedicated to “The Orpheus of the Danube.“

The program also features a quartet from Haydn’s Op. 9, written around 1770. Called Divertimenti, the 6 quartets Op. 9 show Haydn’s early mastery of scripting conversations, composing operatic arias and ensembles, and choreographing oddball dance movements for the entertainment of the players and those lucky enough to listen in. It was Haydn’s genius that inspired all those who wrote quartets after him—it wasn’t necessary to dedicate works to him to pay him homage.

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Haydn on the Road

IMG_1735The New Esterházy Quartet pause on urbane 5th Avenue while walking back to their palatial hotel at Lincoln Center after a morning rehearsal on New York's legendary Upper East Side.

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