Learn all about this Joseph Haydn Piano Sonata Hob XVI.7. Analyzed by WKMT London Piano Studios.
In this analysis, Maestra Gisela Paterno gives us valuable insight into how this piece is structured:
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If you are a piano student, you might have played a Haydn Sonata before. If you would like to inform a little bit more about this particular piece, this is the best article as it provides not only a thorough analysis but technical advice specifically targeted to pianists that are interested in approaching this music.
If you are a piano teacher, this is a very useful material to have at hand when teaching this piece to your piano students as it will save you lots of time of the lesson by having a written material to ask your students to read at home.
The analysis uses the terminology and vocabulary taken from the book of Arnold Schonberg "Fundamentals of Musical Composition" regarding the initial exposition divided into "sentences" and "periods", later taken and expanded by William Caplin in his book "Analyzing Classical Forms" in which the system of analysis is also based.
Without getting in more details, as you can read it directly from the author of this article, Gisela Paterno, we can say that the most striking feature of this Sonata is that the first movement does not follow the form of a Sonata, but the third movement instead!
As an earlier Sonata, we can still observe that Haydn had not yet developed the polyphonic texture in full as we can see in his later pieces. However, the form is taking shape, although the development section is still more dependant of the material of the exposition, and he even does not dare to go much further away from the home key.
This analysis also contains an exceptional feature for pianists: a specific section that provides technical advice for pianists. The technique employed is the one called "Scaramuzza technique". If you are interested in this, you can see the streamed online lessons for WKMT teacher's staff. It is entirely free and happens every week along with more classes such as musical analysis, composition, Harmony and Counterpoint by Juan Rezzuto and Gisela Paterno.
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