Haydn, Mozart, & Beethoven: Studies in the Music of the Classical Period

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5
Haydn's 'Entwurf-Katalog': Two Questions

SONJA GERLACH

Joseph Haydn left two catalogues of his works. The so-called 'Entwurf- Katalog' (EK)1 is largely written in his own hand; he started this towards the end of 1765 and brought it up to date at intervals, until about 1777. The other is the comprehensive 'Haydn-Verzeichnis' of 1805 (HV), compiled by his manservant and copyist Johann Elßler.2 Since Jens Peter Larsen's comprehensive analysis of the two,3 the sketchy, earlier catalogue has been accepted as in some respects a better source of information than the later, more complete one, which means that close study of EK remains indispensable, in spite of the existence of HV. In particular, EK alone can provide information on which to base the dating of works listed there. Larsen established that some pages with the incipits of early symphonies must be missing from the beginning of EK, and that therefore the catalogue had not survived complete. It remained an open question what else, apart from symphonies, might be missing. Larsen also realized, from the content, that the order of the leaves that do survive cannot be the original one, and he made a practical suggestion for improving the situation,4 but it still did not completely solve the question of the original order of the leaves. Several genres of Haydn's work are affected by the lack of answers to these two questions, and the purpose of this essay is to examine both.

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1
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin-Preußischer Kulturbesitz-Musikabteilung Mit Mendelssohn-Archiv, Mus. ms. autogr. theor. Kat. 607. I am indebted to the library for the opportunity to study the catalogue repeatedly, and for permission to reproduce the first page.
2
EK and HV are both in J. P. Larsen (ed.), Drei Haydn-Kataloge in Faksimile, mit Einleitung und ergänzenden Themenverzeichnissen ( Copenhagen, 1941); 2nd edn. (with new intro.), Three Haydn Catalogues ∣ Drei Haydn-Kataloge ( New York, 1979). The third catalogue in Larsen's edn. is the so-called 'Keeß' catalogue, a fairly complete list of Haydn's symphonies up to 1790-1, which appears to be connected in some way with the collection of the Viennese Court Counsellor Franz Bernhard Ritter von Keeß (Kees) ( 1720-95).
3
J. P. Larsen, Die Haydn-Überlieferung ( Copenhagen, 1939), chs. 6 and 7.
4
See n. 25 below.

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