Eleven Great Piano Sonatas

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Courier Corporation, 2004 - Music - 128 pages
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The towering composer who perfected the early symphonic form and invented the modern string quartet also left his indelible mark on the sonata. Joseph Haydn pioneered the development of sonata form, and although the composer favored a three-movement structure from which he seldom varied, his works display extensive experimentation. Reprinted from an authoritative Breitkopf & Härtel edition, this compilation comprises eleven of the master's finest sonatas — from short, simple early works to the more complex thematic developments and variations that followed. Highlights include the sublime virtuoso Sonatas No. 50 in C Major and No. 52 in E-flat Major, and Sonata No. 40 in G, a superb combination of popular appeal and high art.

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Austrian composer Joseph Haydn (1732–1809), one of the most prolific and prominent musicians of the Classical era, wrote in every genre. Friend to Mozart and teacher of Beethoven, he standardized the four-movement structure of the quartet, the form for which he is best known.

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