Friday, November 10, 2017

More Papa Haydn: what happens when a piano sonata begins with a minuet

I wanted to revisit Papa Haydn again.  This silly little 2-movement Piano Sonata in G, HOB VCI 40, that starts with a simple Minuet.

I heard it on WETA on a day trip on Nov. 2, somewhere around Frederick MD.  The second movement’s passagework trails off to end on a single note, pianissimo, unusual for Haydn.The piece seems very matter-of-fact, almost like Scarlatti 

I see that on Sept. 1, 2015 I had already analyzed another Sonata that starts with a Minuet, #22 in F Major by Beethoven, with its little game of “Mother May I”. 

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