String Quartet in E flat, Op.33 No. 2, ‘The Joke’ - Haydn

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What was Haydn referred to as being, which is also of Haydn's greatest achievements?
"Father of the String Quartet".
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What were the six Op. 33 quartets intended for?
Private or semi-private performance by four accomplished players.
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What nicknames has Opus 33 gained?
"Gli scherzi" (after the unusual use of scherzo movements instead of minuets), "Jungfernquartette" ("Maiden" quartets), and the "Russian" quartets.
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Why has this movement been labelled "The Joke"?
It uses surprising twists, disconcerting silences, but could also refer to amateur performers who were a source of frustration to the composer, and would find the carefully planned ensemble changes in the final page quite daunting.
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What was Robbin Landon's theory behind the cheeriness of the music?
Haydn's commencement of an affair with the young mezzo-soprano Luigia Polzelli.
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Which instruments does this set work use?
A string quartet - Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola and Cello.
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What is different between the two violin parts?
The first violinist regularly plays higher than the second violinist, despite the fact that both instruments have the same specification and range.
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Why is only one player required per part? (As usual with string parts in symphonies)
No doubling is expected, not even with cello if the double bass is an octave lower.
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How come no keyboard continuo instrument is required?
In one precursor of the Classical string quartet, the Baroque trio sonata for two (constantly-crossing) violins and cello.
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