Haydn Piano Sonatas

Haydn was not a pianist of any distinction, nor a very successful composer of instrumental concertos, but his piano sonatas - and there are more than 60 of them - are arguably finer than those of Mozart, who was one of his era's greatest keyboard virtuosos.

The reason for this is simple: Mozart wrote his keyboard concertos for himself and his sonatas for students. Haydn, on the other hand, was constantly stimulated to write piano music for gifted amateurs, though in those days amateurs were often as good as the professionals, particularly women for whom a concert career was out of the question.