2 String Trios 'en diferent stile' (Anonymous)

Authorship Note
These trios have been attributed to Felice Giardini (1716-1796). See note below.

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Publisher. Info. "Amsterdam": "Jaque Vanderbouzzen" - Unidentified Publisher, n.d.(ca.1792).
No one of this name is known to have existed - it was probably executed by a London publisher.
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General Information

Work Title 2 String Trios
Alternative. Title Deux Trios en diferent Stile Compose par un Amateur a Amsterdam ches Jaque Vanderbouzzen Aux quay du Rondell
Composer Anonymous
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IA 823
Key 1. C-sharp minor
2. C major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 trios:
1. Trio in Stile Tedesco
I. Andante non troppo Allegro a suo Comodo ma con moto e Dolcezza
II. Menuetto Maestoso con Grazia & Trio A mezza Voce
III. Adagio Cantabile Sostenuto con Esprezzione e tenerezza
IV. Allegro Assai con vivacita e Prestissimo o pure a suo Comodo
2. Trio in Stile Italiano
I. Andante
II. Adagio
III. Scherzando [Rondo]
First Publication. 1792
Piece Style Classical
Instrumentation I: 2 violins, cello; II: violin, viola, cello

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These trios were published anonymously as a satire on German music, perceived at the time to be heavy and cerebral. A report entitled "Musical Caricature in Private Circulation" appeared in the London paper Morning Chronicle on 31 January 1792, which described the publication with its cheeky title-page vignette:

"... This admirable piece of humour is a lampoon on the taste which the Germans have introduced for trick, artifice, surprise, and difficulty, instead of simplicity and nature."

Apparently the satire was directed at Haydn, visiting London in 1792 (the fact Haydn was Austrian seemed not to be important); the newspaper guessed (probably correctly) that the composer was Felice Giardini, a known Haydn-adversary, who was at that time resident in London.