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”.