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Piano Sonata in E major, Hob XVI:31
composer
c1773/4; issued as part of a set of six in 1776

Recordings
'Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2' (CDA67710)
Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2
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Movement 1: Moderato
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Movement 2: Allegretto
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Movement 3: Finale: Presto
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Piano Sonata in E major, Hob XVI:31
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No 31 in E major is one of a heterogeneous bunch of six sonatas (Nos 27–32) issued privately in manuscript copies in 1776, though it probably dates from two or three years earlier. The first movement contrasts a lyrical theme in three-part counterpoint, expressively varied in the course of the movement, with cascading sextuplets that generate a powerful climax in the central development. The most striking part of the sonata is the second movement, a neo-Baroque E minor Allegretto that suggests both a chorale prelude and a three-part invention. As in No 33, the finale—a dashing theme and variations with a contrasting E minor episode—follows without a break. Haydn was to remember the strangely haunting Allegretto two decades later in the middle movement of the great E major Piano Trio, No 28.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2009

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Details for CDA67710 disc 1 track 2
Allegretto
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-09-71002
Duration
3'10
Recording date
30 August 2008
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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    Release date: August 2009
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