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String Quartet in G major, K387
composer
'Haydn' Quartet No 1

Recordings
'Mozart: The Six 'Haydn' String Quartets' (CDS44001/3)
Mozart: The Six 'Haydn' String Quartets
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Details
Movement 1: Allegro vivace assai
Track 1 on CDS44001/3 CD1 [7'39] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Archive Service
Movement 2: Menuetto: Allegretto – Trio
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Movement 3: Andante cantabile
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Movement 4: Molto allegro
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String Quartet in G major, K387
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In the opening of the G major Quartet, K387, a fine resolute tune is presented by the first violin with strong support from the lower voices, but by bar five Mozart seems concerned to develop a more egalitarian approach—the little one-bar answering phrase is heard first on the viola, then on the second violin, and finally on the first violin where it is sub­sequently decorated and expanded. The opening theme is then presented in canon between the two violins, as if Mozart were eager to demonstrate that even this is suitable material for discourse.

What is remarkable, however, is that this vivacious and spontaneous-sounding music gives only the minutest hint of the immense effort which went into its composition. The witty and genial Minuet, with its darker G minor Trio, and especially the wonderful C major Andante, could have been written with the same fluency as the Don Giovanni Overture—allegedly composed in a single night. The listener could be forgiven for failing to notice that the finale is actually a remarkable technical achievement. Here Mozart gives us not a straightforward fugue but a tautly argued sonata allegro in which an almost liturgical fugal style is juxtaposed with passages of simple tune-plus-accompaniment—with irresistibly comic effect. Perhaps the most delightful moment of all occurs at the very end: a piano reprise of the opening fugal subject runs into a simple homophonic cadence; after so much contrapuntal disputation the four voices have managed to conclude in quiet accord.

from notes by Stephen Johnson © 1991

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Details for CDA66188 track 4
Molto allegro
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-86-18804
Duration
5'44
Recording date
18 September 1985
Recording venue
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Thomas Daye
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Mozart: String Quartets, Vol. 2 (CDA66188)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: June 1987
    Deletion date: May 1991
    Superseded by CDS44001/3
  2. Mozart: The Six 'Haydn' String Quartets (CDS44001/3)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: May 1991
    Deletion date: July 2011
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Archive Service
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