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HSNA Newsletter (December 2016)

Call for submissions

We would like to have a regularly occuring set of smaller newsletter articles for the HSNA Newsletter. These can be writings that are more geared toward public musicology, or not otherwise appropriate for the HSNA Journal.  Please send all items to HSNA.Newsletter at These items may be edited for size and content.

Call for announcements

Please send all conference announcements, CFPs, new Haydn-related publications, and concert announcements to HSNA.Newsletter at For concerts, please allow two months' notice in order to be included in a formal newsletter announcement section. Concert announcements with shorter time frames may be posted on our Facebook page.

A Successful HSNA Mini-Conference in Vancouver

Our first mini-conference (held in cooperation with the New Beethoven Research pre-conference) on November 2-3 in Vancouver, B.C. was a great success! We had the opportunity to hear engaging papers on a variety of different topics including performance practice, intersections with Beethoven, theoretical analysis, and new directions in Haydn scholarship. The full program with abstracts can be found here.  Much of the conference was live-tweeted at  with the hashtag #hsna16. The Society hopes to continue these types of pre-conferences on a regular basis.

During the open Business Meeting during the AMS/SMT conference, Chad Fothergill read his work-in-progress "Poets Playing Haydn: A Beginning Study of Haydn's Literary Reception."  This is the second HSNA business meeting where we have featured a work-in-progress (also published in the Journal). There is general consensus that this tradition should continue as it is a wonderful opportunity for scholars to receive feedback and support from the HSNA community on specific works of Haydn scholarship.


New publications


  • Balazs Mikusi, Review of Bryan Proksch, Reviving Haydn: New Appreciations in the Twentieth Century. In Notes 73, no. 1 (Sept 2016) Extract
  • John Irving, "Giving Voice to Haydn's Keyboard Sonatas."  Review of T. Beghin's The Virtual Haydn. In Early Music 44, no. 2 (May 2016) Extract
  • M. Vignal, Review of T. Beghin's The Virtual Haydn in Revue de musicologie 102/1 (2016)

Concerts and Recordings

  • Op. 76 survey continues at Smithsonian Chamber Music Society

Eight of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society's concerts during the 2016-17 season will feature works of Haydn. The Axelrod Quartet (Marc Destrubé & Marilyn McDonald, violins; James Dunham, viola; and Kenneth Slowik, violoncello), which performs on the Smithsonian's Stradivarius and Amati instruments, will complete its survey, begun last season, of the Op. 76 quartets, playing the D Major, Op. 76, No. 5, on 14 & 15 January, and the E-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 6, on 18 & 19 March. On 25 & 26 February, the Smithsonian Chamber Players (Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano; Katherine Kyme, violin; and William Skeen, violoncello), will present a program of Haydn piano trios from the 1780s. And on 6 & 7 May, the ensemble Esterhazy Machine (Kenneth Slowik, baryton; Steven Dann, viola; and Myron Lutzke, violoncello) will present trios "fatto per S.A.S. Prencipe Estorhazi."

The repertoire from the February concerts will be recorded as part of a 6-CD project (to be released in 2018) in which Slowik is joined by a variety of violinists, flutists, and cellists to present the mature piano trios of Haydn. Publication of the second of a series of four baryton trio CDs by the Esterhazy Machine will occur at the time of the May concerts.

For more information on these programs, and to hear samples from the Esterhazy Machine's first Haydn CD and the Smithson String Quartet's Opp. 9, 17, 54, 77, and 103 recordings, visit:


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