Haydn's Thirty Celebrated (Berühmte) String Quartets
A question came up at my chamber music session last evening. What is the origin of the so-named celebrated or berühmte string quartets of Haydn? More to the point, who selected them? I am aware of a few editions (Peters, Kalmus, International, etc.).
I have a few different International edition chamber books that are called "six celebrated trios" and such. Various composers.
Thank you, Paul. I'm referring specifically to thirty quartets originally thought to be composed by Haydn (although two of those [Op. 3] were later attributed to Roman Hoffstetter, and even that is apparently not clear). This collection is variously called the Famous, Celebrated, or Berühmte string quartets.
Google translates the first 5 lines of the Vorwort to my Peters edition surprisingly well:
Sorry, I don't have the parts to hand but it's the Peters edition of about 40 years ago with the Vorwort signed as you say which google translates as "The publishers"
Herausgeber seems to be a portmanteau word whose two constituents should collectively mean "giver-out", but google does indeed translate both "editor" and "publisher" as "Herausgeber"! That's masculine, so in this context "die" would be the plural of "der" rather than the feminine. So at least we can conclude there was more than one of them!
While I have not performed an exhaustive search, all of the versions of the thirty string quartets I have located to date were edited by Moser and Dechert.
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