Haydn: Late Piano Sonatas

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  • Composer: Joseph Haydn
  • Editors: Bernhard Moosbauer, Holger M. Stüwe
  • Instrumentation: Piano
  • ISMN: 979-000653847-8
  • Size: 9.6 x 12.2 inches
  • Pages: 122
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


Haydn's late piano sonatas Hob. XVI:40–42 (1784) and Hob. XVI:48–52 (1788-95) reveal him to be a highly distinctive and consummate master in terms of form and expression. These technically brilliant works, the quintessence of his sonata output, were conceived for the hammerklavier and reflect the fresh inspiration Haydn received in London. in particular the London Sonatas will have been groundbreaking, not least for the young Beethoven.

This Urtext edition presents these piano sonatas in a spacious and elegant engraving which is easy to read and offers practical page turns. Editorial changes are kept to a minimum and are documented, together with alternative readings, in the Critical Commentary. The early version of the second movement of the Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:50, is reproduced in the appendix. The fingering takes into consideration important aspects of the performance practice in Haydn's time as well as issues of performance on the modern grand piano. Rounding off this performing edition is detailed information on historical performance practice (mainly with regard to instruments, articulation/staccato, ornaments, and pedalling).