In the early 1990s,
Robin Holloway transcribed Haydn's
string quartet, op. 42, for piano duet. This was one of
the many quartets not included in the 19th century Peters
Edition transcriptions of selected Haydn Quartets.
This initative was to be the first step in a
long term project: to fill the remaining gaps in the cycle of
transcriptions begun by Peters.
Robin Holloway speaks about the project in the click-to-play
audio interview on the right: total running time c. 14
While playing the interview, you may like to scroll down to
watch the pageant of images from the project, beginning with
facsimiile pages from Robin Holloway's
project diary, and illustrating how one section of the quartet,
op. 77 no. 2, made the transition from its original form into
manuscript, and thence into beautiful, hand made prints.
The transcriptions were
completed in 2008 in time for Haydn's bicentenary celebrations.
The presentation ends with facsimile
images of A Framing Hommage for Haydn's
Unfinished String Quartet, op. 103, offered for the bicentenary of Haydn's death by Robin
Robin Holloway's Haydn transcriptions are being made available
for sale at fourhandsplus.com.