Hello IB Students!

This post is an example if what I’d like to see from you over the coming terms. Think of it like a miniature analysis activity that each of you can add your own personal ideas too. You can follow the ‘shopping list idea’ or try to blend a contextual statement with analysis as you would in a listening examination. Remember, the idea is to make it short and succinct. When each of you add comments below that is when the answer will develop.

• find a work (western or world)
• give a short description or context for the work
• pull out one concept that you will analyse
• include no more than one paragraph of analysis
• use Sibelius or Noteflight.com to include themes, score or a transcription
• provide a short bibliography

Haydn String Quartet No. 7 Op.2 No.1

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Haydn, in his earlier music, used patterns. Themes are sequentially repeated and not always transformed or developed. However his writing quickly develops and begins to show “growth and drama” behind his use of patterns. For more information on Haydn’s early String Quartets visit this Google Book.

In the first movement of Op. 2 No. 1, in A Major, the opening theme “is little more than a formula; but it contains a rhythmic figure (1.1) which…begins to become a fingerprint of his in the London Symphonies, the last Quartets and The Creation.”


As you are aquatinted with first movements generally being in Sonata Form (amazing resource here) it makes sense for Haydn to base his development section upon this rhythm. Here is a bridge passage and modulation between two keys found in Haydn’s String Quartet Movement 1 (1.2).


1. Name the first key
2. Identify the pivot point
3. Name the new key

Now add your own ideas about the piece in the comments below 🙂

* And in case you were wondering, I made my score examples using the iPad app NotateMe by Neutron. It came out pretty well after I had learnt the application and exported my scores to Dropbox.

450Davide. “5592743390.” Creative Commons Photograph, accessed January 2013 .
Rosemary Hughes, Haydn String Quartets: BBC Music Guides (London: BBC, 1876), 11-12.

Referencing Information from: http://www.york.ac.uk/integrity/chicago.html#