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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Haydn - Piano Sonata in c# minor, first movement (Moderato)

The Exposition, from M. 1-33, modulates from c# minor to E Major, the relative major key. This section repeats twice. Group 1, in c3 minor, goes from M. 1-11. M. 12-33 is Group 2. There’s a small terminative section from M. 31-33, where clear V-I progressions are heard.

The Development section occurs from M. 34-63. It repeats, although the recording I have chooses not to play the repeat. At first this section plays around with themes from Group 2. We are still in E Major at this point. However, by M. 37 it’s clear that Haydn is developing themes from Group 1 as well. At M. 44 the motive from Group 1 is clearly heard, this time heard in g sharp minor (woah). A transitional section, from M. 51-64, occurs, bringing us back to the familiar c# minor key for the return of the exposition.

The exposition is slightly varied, and this time the piece does not modulate from Group 1 to Group 2, but remains in c# minor.

I love Haydn’s cute jokes where he adds in long pauses, creating more tension in the ear and tricking listeners.

2 comments:

Minnie Mouse said...

You used lots of numbers and the words "cute jokes" and "tricking". Nicely done...typical Haydn. :-)

Anonymous said...

At M. 44... hmmm... Seems not g# minor