In 1789, the London publisher John Bland traveled to Vienna in search of new works for publication. Dropping in on Haydn, he found the composer attempting to shave. “I would give my best quartet for a good razor!” he exclaimed. Bland promptly ran back to his lodgings and returned with his own razors of fine English steel. Haydn kept his promise and handed over his latest string quartet (op. 55 No. 2), which is still commonly known as the “Rasiermesser Quartett” (razor quartet).
Joseph Haydn: Quartett Nr. 46 in f-Moll (“Razor Quartet” – „Rasiermesser-Quartett“), op. 55, Nr. 2, Hoboken-Nr. 61