The Keyboard Sonatas of Joseph Haydn by Laszlo Somfai

The Keyboard Sonatas of Joseph Haydn Instruments and Performance Practice, Genres and Styles Paperback Nov 30 2010

By Laszlo Somfai
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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.

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Format
Paperback
Publisher
University of Chicago Press
Publication date
Nov 30 2010
Language
English
Pages
416
ISBN-13
9780226768137
ISBN-10
0226768139
Weight
635g
Dimensions
175.0mm x 250.0mm

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