Instrumentation: String Quartet (Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello)
Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
Urtext / Critical Edition
Haydn did not assign the nickname "Sun Quartets": it alludes to an edition of the time, in which the title page was decorated with a rising sun. The Quartets, Op. 20 are the last series in a group of earlier string quartets, but are clearly ahead of their time. The demanding fugues which close three of the six quartets are a particular structural feature.