String Quartet

Joseph Haydn

String Quartet in D Minor

Hob. III/22, Op. 9/4

About this work...

String Quartet, Op. 9, No. 4, Haydn's first in a minor mode, is perhaps the world's first great string quartet. Before it, all other quartets were mere divertimenti a quattro. Its first theme is romantic, disturbing like an impending thunderstorm. But Haydn takes us from the rain and shifts his focus to rhetorical thun... read more