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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226768144
ISBN-10: 0226768147
Format: Hardback
(66mm x 94mm x 30mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1992
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Laszlo Somfai

Laszlo Somfai, former head of the Bartok Archives in Budapest and professor emeritus of musicology at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, is a leading authority on Haydn's keyboard music. Charlotte Greenspan, now an independent scholar, has taught music at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and Cornell University.

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