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String Quartet in A major 'The Drum', K464
composer
'Haydn' Quartet No 5

Recordings
'Mozart: The Six 'Haydn' String Quartets' (CDS44001/3)
Mozart: The Six 'Haydn' String Quartets
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Movement 1: Allegro
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Movement 2: Menuetto
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Movement 3: Andante
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Movement 4: Allegro non troppo
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String Quartet in A major 'The Drum', K464
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K464 seems to have caused Mozart problems. As in K458, he abandoned his original finale after having got some way into the movement (170 bars this time); more­over the autograph is full of cancellations and rewritings. This was Beethoven’s favourite of the ‘Haydn’ set: he would probably have been particularly struck by the richly inventive variations of the Andante, and the virtual monothematicism of the finale (thematically this is the most economical of the ‘Haydn’ Quartets). K464 opens with an A major sonata allegro, combining thematic grace with power and developmental ingenuity. The tiny codetta at the end of the exposition gains a splendidly forthright answering phrase at the close of the movement, a touch of humour that for some reason baffled the musicologist Hans Keller.

The Minuet is longer, and harmonically more adven­tu­rous than that of K458. Its almost exclusive concentration on two short motives would have appealed strongly to Beethoven, as would the telling inclusion of a bar of silence just after the first repeat. Abrupt dynamic con­trasts characterize the E major Trio, lending piquancy to what would otherwise have been a disarmingly simple tune.

Mozart casts his slow movement in the form of a set of variations, based on an amiable 2/4 theme that might equally well have occurred to Haydn himself; however, as the movement progresses it rises to quite unexpected heights of eloquence. The ‘drum tap’ figures in the final variation (taken up by viola and violins in the coda) have led to K464 being christened ‘The Drum’, though for some reason this nickname has never caught on in Britain.

The finale of K464 is based almost entirely on one theme, but the variety of textures and harmony that Mozart conjures from it is quite remark­able. The coda builds to a forceful climax, then falls to a delightfully conclusive pianissimo.

from notes by Stephen Johnson © 1991

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Details for CDA66234 track 7
Andante
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-87-23407
Duration
12'34
Recording date
20 December 1986
Recording venue
Seldon Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's School, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Thomas Daye
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Mozart: String Quartets, Vol. 3 (CDA66234)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: February 1988
    Superseded by CDS44001/3
  2. Mozart: The Six 'Haydn' String Quartets (CDS44001/3)
    Disc 3 Track 3
    Release date: May 1991
    Deletion date: July 2011
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Archive Service
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