This selection of Haydn's keyboard works contains two sets of variations, individual works, sonata movements and the entire "Sonata in D Major," Hob. XVI:37. Lucktenberg documents Haydn's life and career and provides an overview of the composer's keyboard works. Each composition is briefly described and suggestions are made for performing ornaments in Haydn's keyboard works.
Our editors have selected six complete sonatas from Haydn's set of 56, choosing sonatas from the less-demanding levels and advancing in difficulty. This is a valuable resource for introducing students to this standard literature!
Titles are: * Sonatas No. 3 in F Major * No. 5 in G Major * No. 14 in C Major * No. 35 in A-flat Major * No. 42 in G Major * No. 48 in C Major. Beautiful covers, exquisite engravings, and meticulous editing have made this series a best seller everywhere.
Haydn was primarily responsible for shaping the Classical style of performance. During the 18th century, when composers focused mainly on the sonata, quartet and symphony, Haydn's slow-maturing genius assimilated and consolidated the trends into an individual style that was both inspired and disciplined. These eight pieces are among Haydn's easiest works and are presented in their unsimplified, original form. Based on careful study, the editorial markings are clearly distinguished from the composer's.
Commissioned in 1786 by the Paris-based orchestra Le Concert de la Loge Olympique, these six symphonies were created for an extraordinarily large ensemble of both professional and amateur players, including reinforced woodwind parts and a large string section. The symphonies are: Symphony No. 82 in C major, L´Ours (The Bear), 1786 Symphony No. 83 in G minor, La Poule (The Hen), 1785 Symphony No. 84 in E flat major, In Nomine Domini, 1786 Symphony No. 85 in B flat major, La Reine (The Queen), 1785 Symphony No. 86 in D major, 1786 Symphony No. 87 in A major, 1785 Composer Giuseppe Maria Cambini, a member of the orchestra, noted that the enthusiastically received premieres featured some of the city's finest musicians. A contemporary critic remarked that "Each hearing increases our appreciation and admiration of the works of the great genius, who, in all his pieces, understands so well how to draw the richest and most varied developments from every theme." Reproduced from the authoritative Breitkopf & Härtel editions, this volume offers musicians and music lovers an inexpensive and authoritative compilation of Haydn's ever-popular works.
Brought together in the early part of the 19th century, some of the pieces in this collection are transcriptions of instrumental works. However, these masterfully constructed miniatures are well suited to keyboard performance and are characteristic of Haydn's humor, tenderness, charm and passion. The selections provide intermediate pianists with a wealth of musical ideas and harmonic invention, and are similar in difficulty to Haydn's Sonatinas.
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