[tbpt40] – J. Haydn – String Quartet in A major Op 20 ‘Sun’ No 6 (Hob.III:36) – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op 20 ‘Sun’ No 6 (Hob.III:36) in A major

composition date: 1771

transcription date: 2010 (January 17 – March 21)

  • 1st mvt.: January 31
  • 2nd mvt.: March 14 – 21
  • 3rd mvt.: January 17
  • 4rd mvt.: February 28 – March 21

complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 4 movements:

  1. Allegro di molto e Scherzando
  2. Adagio. Cantabile
  3. Menuetto. Allegretto
  4. Fuga a 3 Soggetti. Allegro

Score

IMSLP.org work page (download mp3 / pdf score)

Recordings

IMSLP.org work page (download mp3 / pdf score)

YouTube channel (embedded links below)

Comment

This is my top favorite of the set, hands down – and of course that’s why it’s the first I transcribed. It is also the happiest one, the sunniest one, without any major clouds… which may be the reason why some critics deem it “inferior” or “a step back” from the others, although I don’t understand them. (Yeah I know the “Sun” in the title is just an ex post derived from a picture on the original cover or something)

I mean, check out the finale: it is a wonderful fugue, so beautiful and so serene. And if it wasn’t enough, in the last page Haydn treats us with a cherry on top: a “rovescio” variation of the themes. It takes more than skill to write such stuff and make it sound so good: it takes a true Master. My all time favorite fugue!

Trivia

The Menuetto was the first piece I completely transcribed on the piano instead than on the computer – actually I still only had a keyboard at the time; a true digital piano would have entered the scene a few weeks later.

See also

Haydn piano transcriptions

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