In honor of Haydn's 280th birthday, and in continuation of Liebesfreud's year-long survey of Mozart's "Ten Celebrated" String Quartets, offered are the final two in the set of six quartets the junior Austrian genius wrote for, and dedicated to, the senior:
Mozart’s published dedication page (Sept. 1, 1785 - original in Italian!):
- To my dear friend Haydn,
- A father who had resolved to send his children out into the great world took it to be his duty to confide them to the protection and guidance of a very celebrated Man, especially when the latter by good fortune was at the same time his best Friend. Here they are then, O great Man and dearest Friend, these six children of mine.
- They are, it is true, the fruit of a long and laborious endeavor, yet the hope inspired in me by several Friends that it may be at least partly compensated encourages me, and I flatter myself that this offspring will serve to afford me solace one day. You, yourself, dearest friend, told me of your satisfaction with them during your last Visit to this Capital. It is this indulgence above all which urges me to commend them to you and encourages me to hope that they will not seem to you altogether unworthy of your favour.
- May it therefore please you to receive them kindly and to be their Father, Guide and Friend! From this moment I resign to you all my rights in them, begging you however to look indulgently upon the defects which the partiality of a Father’s eye may have concealed from me, and in spite of them to continue in your generous Friendship for him who so greatly values it, in expectation of which I am, with all of my Heart, my dearest Friend, your most Sincere Friend,
- W. A. Mozart
- "Last Fridays" series: March 30th, 5:30 p.m. (details on 'Calendar' page)