In this landmark publication, the most comprehensive study written on Haydn's keyboard sonatas, a leading Haydn scholar presents novel ideas, corrects misconceptions, and offers new hypotheses on long-debated issues of early music research. Laszlo Somfai begins with a thorough study of Haydn's keyboard instruments and their development. After recommending instruments appropriate for modern use, he discusses performance practice and style, explains the peculiarities of Haydn's manuscripts in the context of eighteenth-century notation, and provides specific suggestions for playing ornaments, improvising, slurring, and dynamics. He also investigates Haydn's sonata genres within their historical context and discusses the problems of establishing a chronology of their composition. Finally, Somfail analyzes the organization and style of each musical form. The book includes an index listing the sonatas by date of first publication and an extensive bibliography.
Laszlo Somfai, former head of the Bartok Archives in Budapest and professor emeritus of musicology at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, is a leading authority on Haydn's keyboard music. Charlotte Greenspan, now an independent scholar, has taught music at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and Cornell University.
Preface Abbreviations 1: Keyboard Instruments in Haydn's Time 2: For What Kind of Instrument Did Haydn Compose? 3: The Choice of Instruments for Present-Day Performers 4: An Introduction to Reading the Conventions of the Notation (Grace Notes,Ornaments) 5: Notation and Part Writing 6: Touch and Articulation 7: Haydn's Notation of Dynamics and Accents 8: Thoughts on Tempos in Haydn's Style 9: Early Divertimento and Partita Sonatas 10: The Mature Solo Piano Sonatas: A Survey with Historical Hypotheses 11: Originality and Personal Language: The Options of Analytic Methods 12: Survey and Classification 13: Grammar, Syntax, and Analytic Terminology 14: Exposition Strategies 15: The Primary Theme 16: Continuation: Secondary Group, Closing Group, and Fantasia-Like Insertions 17: Strategies of the Development Section 18: Recapitulation 19: Sonata Form and Scherzo Form in the Finale 20: Sonata Forms in Slow Tempos 21: Minuets 22: Rondos and Fast Variation Forms 23: Slow Variations and Double Variations 24: Fantasia and Capriccio Catalog of the Sonatas: Data and Guide Select Bibliography Index Ornament Locator Thematic Locator