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It is probably fair to state that Haydn was the creator

of a musical genre, the string quartet, even though

pieces for two violins, viola, and cello had already

existed previously. One thinks especially of the

quartets of François-Joseph Gossec (1734-1829) and

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805). Haydn’s sets of quartets

broke with the persistent facility of these efforts, their

primary purpose as entertainment music.

The second half of the eighteenth century saw the

appearanceof anewmodel of collectivemusic-making

aimed above all at competent amateurs, although it is

true that the first violin part, the

prima voce

, calls for

an assured technique. The cassations or


a quattro

that had gained entry to private salons

gradually abandoned the spirit of the Italian serenade,

and composers began to take a keener interest in