Great Performances|Now Hear This "Haydn: King of Strings"

Great Performances|Now Hear This "Haydn: King of Strings"

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Scott Yoo and more in performance.

Credit: Courtesy of Arcos Film + Music

Explore the work of famed composer Joseph Haydn’s career with host Scott Yoo and guest artists.

From Vienna to Montreal, Berlin to Philadelphia, London to New York City and beyond, celebrated violinist and chief conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic Scott Yoo discovers the secret stories behind some of the greatest classical music ever composed in the second season of Great Performances: Now Hear This. The critically acclaimed documentary miniseries that merges music, storytelling, travel and culture returns with four new episodes focusing on signature works by Classical period composers Haydn, Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven Fridays, September 18th through October 2nd at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Each episode traces the creation of different masterworks and explores the composer’s profound, lasting cultural impact.  

The first episode Great Performances: Now Hear This “Haydn: King of Strings” airs September 18th. When Joseph Haydn visited England, he was so taken with “God Save the King” that he wanted to write an anthem for Austria’s monarch. Host Scott Yoo discovers how Haydn borrowed folk music from Scotland, Hungary and Austria to create his “Emperor Quartet.” Along the way, he and guest violinist Geoff Nuttall reveal how Haydn created the string quartet format, providing an inside look and deeper appreciation for the genre. Haydn went on to write more great string quartets than any other composer.

Places visited: Eisenstadt, Rohrau and Vienna, Austria; Fertod, Hungary; London; Charleston, S.C.