The Unfolding of Composition

Saturday, 6 December 2008 - 8:00pm

Concert Hall, Independence Seaport Museum, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia

The Unfolding of Composition

Opus 20, Franz Joseph Haydn

Daedalus Quartet

Composing a string quartet is often considered the ultimate creative challenge, completely exposing a composer’s artistry and craft in the conversation between the four instruments. The ‘father’ of the string quartet, Franz Joseph Haydn had already written thirty quartets when he started Opus 20. With these six masterpieces, he began anew “a complete course in composition to strengthen himself and his art and to learn its secrets better.”

Join the acclaimed Daedalus Quartet in exploring several of these six gems of Haydn’s unfolding creative genius.


The Penn Humanities Forum is pleased to present this program in association with Penn’s Department of Music, where the residency of the Daedalus Quartet is made possible through a generous gift from Andrea Mitchell (CW ‘67).