Friday, October 06, 2017

Papa Haydn revisited

Here’s a 15-minute Haydn Piano Sonata in a Minor Key, C Minor, #20, as played by Charles Rosen.

There is a typical drop-roll figuration the base at the beginning.

The music sometimes predicts early Beethoven more than it would resemble Mozart.  Some scholars give Haydn credit for inventing the idea of a real “development” section in a Sonata structure.

The slow movement sounds like it is in G.  Note the abrupt ending of the finale. 

There is a Haydn Sonata in C# Minor that I remember learning as a teen, with a middle scherzo in A Major and a Minuet as a curious finale.

Here’s a comparison of Haydn and Mozart. 

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