2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

A Historical Look at Second Movement of the Haydn Emporer Quartet


Alyssa Aubuchon*, Katy Plogher, Claire Clauson, and Jean Gomez♦
Dr. Brian Kubin, Faculty Mentor

Written in 1797, the second movement of Haydn’s Op. 76 No. 3 in C Major (“Emperor”) has a rich history. It provided the melody for the national anthems of both Austria (1797–1918) and Germany (beginning in 1922). During Hitler’s reign, the German hymn used three verses; however, after World War II, the first two verses were considered to be in poor taste and were omitted. The movement is written in the theme and variation form. Each instrument of the ensemble is featured in a variation. The theme is originally presented with a homophonic texture and becomes increasingly polyphonic as the variations progress. The second movement provides a contrasting, lyrical element to the quartet as a whole.

Keywords: music, history, germany, quartet, world war 2

Topic(s):Music
History

Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 1-1
Location: OP 1393 - OP Performance Hall
Time: 3:30

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* Indicates the Student Presenter
♦ Indicates Truman Graduate Student
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