Haydn String Quartet in C, Op.76 no.3 "Kaiser"
III: Finale. Presto
This last movement is unusually serious for Haydn - it is in the
minor mode for almost the entire time, and only turns to the major
for a brief stint at the end. Even in this more agitated mood, at
times you can still make out bits and pieces of melody from the
first movement. Right from the
three jarring chords at the beginning, this movement seems to be
packed with energy. Sometimes this energy stays constrained just
beneath the surface; at other times it is released in explosive
bursts. As far as grand finales go, this is one of the best to come
from Haydn's hand.
Hear this Movement
Recorded: in the TJHSST Auditorium on June 29, 1999
Violins: Michael Wilber, 1st; Laura Carr, 2nd;
Viola: Debdeep Maji;
Cello: Charles Han;
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