Early Haydn (& Winkelman)

with Schumann Quartett,

09:30 / Tue 1 Febr / Bimhuis / € 20

Core Repertoire    Morning   
Photo : Kaupo Kikkas

Schumann Quartett

Erik Schumann (viool)
Ken Schumann (viool)
Liisa Randalu (altviool)
Mark Schumann (cello)


String Quartet no. 32, op. 33/3


Papa Haydn’s Parrot

It is not a rooster that wakes us up this morning, but the birds of Haydn and Helena Winkelman. The melody of the first violin earned Haydn’s Thirty-Second String Quartet the nickname ‘the bird’. Helena Winkelman wrote a response to this quartet, Papa Haydn’s Parrot, in 2016. As the name suggests, her piece imitates Haydn’s string quartet, but Winkelman’s bird song is slightly less idyllic than Haydn’s.


The Early Haydn is like the first cup of coffee of the day. Haydn's playful music transports you to 18th-century Vienna: wigs, ball gowns, golden halls… But Haydn also stimulates the intellect. The ease with which he allowed the four voices of the string quartet to converse with each other was innovative. Around 1781 he surprised his audience time and time again, now we mostly hear the brilliant foundation he laid single-handedly for the string quartet that followed for almost 250 years.