G. Henle Verlag


Haydn: Variations in F Minor (Sonata), Hob. XVII:6

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Haydn's last piano work is also considered to be his most famous single work for this instrument. The minor theme is filled with emotional depth: "a melancholy andante in F minor, with variations, as only a genius can do them, that almost sounds like a free fantasia" (thus described in a review of the time). The form is also demanding: not merely one theme but two – one in a major key, the other in a minor one – are varied in turn. The autograph gives one to believe that the work was originally intended to be the first movement of a sonata.

This edition replaces the older HN70.