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Piano Sonata in G major, Hob XVI:39
published in 1780 as part of a set of six dedicated to Franziska and Maria Katherina von Auenbrugger; 'Per il Clavicembalo, o Forte Piano'

'Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2' (CDA67710)
Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2
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Movement 1: Allegro con brio
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Movement 2: Adagio
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Movement 3: Prestissimo
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Piano Sonata in G major, Hob XVI:39
For the opening Allegro con brio of sonata No 39 in G major, Haydn resorted to a spot of self-borrowing, recycling the perky tune of the Scherzando second movement of sonata No 36 from the same, ‘Auenbrugger’ set. To deflect ‘the criticism of various half-wits’ (even as late as 1780 he could be surprisingly touchy and defensive), Haydn got Artaria to add an explanatory note on the reverse of the title page: ‘Among these six sonatas are two movements that use the same idea for the first few bars … the composer wishes it to be known that he has done this on purpose to demonstrate different methods of treatment.’ This is one of Haydn’s favourite rondo-variations designs, with embellished reprises of the theme interleaved with two episodes, one in G minor (in effect a free variation of the theme), the other, in E minor, taking the dotted rhythm in bar two of the theme as a cue for a swaggering Hungarian-style march. The C major Adagio, typically of Haydn’s sonata slow movements, lives more from florid, ruminative figuration than from cantabile melody, à la Mozart, while the finale is a playful, featherweight 6/8 Prestissimo with a delightful whiff of Scarlatti.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2009

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Details for CDA67710 disc 2 track 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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  1. Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 (CDA67710)
    Disc 2 Track 10
    Release date: August 2009
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