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.