Great Performances

PBS | 9:00 pm

Celebrated violinist and conductor Scott Yoo returns with more secret stories behind some of the greatest classical musical ever composed as "Now Hear This" opens its sophomore season with "Haydn: The King of Strings." The hour explores how composer Joseph Haydn found England's "God Save the Queen" so stirring that he immediately wanted to write a similar anthem for Austria's monarch. Haydn drew on folk music from Scotland, Hungary and Austria for his "Emperor Quartet," but he also created the string quartet format as we know it today.