[tbpt34] – J. Haydn – String Quartet in D major Op 64 No 5 ‘Lark’ (Hob.III:63) – piano transcription

original piano transcription of Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op 64 No 5 ‘Lark’ (Hob.III:63) in D major

composition date: 1790? 1792?

transcription date: 2009 (October 24 – November 07)

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

  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Adagio cantabile
  3. Menuetto. Allegretto
  4. Finale. Vivace


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


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

YouTube channel (embedded links below)


My first transcribed String Quartet and my first Haydn transcription; this was also the first quartet I had listened and “learned” entirely.

The movement that spurred me to transcription was the whirlish Finale. And then I thought, might as well challenge the whole quartet! I was pretty excited, at the time, to complete this and set on to do a second one (see tbpt37); in hindsight, I think the movement with the best result is the third, as some immaturity (mainly in fine-tuning velocity etc.) is less prominent than in the others.

I learned later on that the final movement had already been transcribed by Alkan. Had I known this before, maybe I wouldn’t have tackled the transcription myself… so I’m glad I found out when it was too late!

See also

Haydn piano transcriptions


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