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Haydn: Piano Sonatas / Thomas Sauer


Release Date: 10/28/2003 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1084   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Thomas Sauer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Haydn composed the five sonatas on this disc in the years 1784-1790, the period in which he turned decisively to the piano as keyboard instrument of choice. Coming several years after Mozart's switch to the newer instrument, Haydn's reorientation - made in the composer's early 50's - gave rise to the increasingly distinctive keyboard style associated with his late piano sonatas and trios. The three sonatas catalogued as 40-42 by Hoboken were published with a dedication to the newly married Princess Marie Esterhazy, early in 1785 as Trois Sonates pour le Piano-Forte. Haydn re-published them in 1790 as trios for violin, viola and cello. Surprisingly, Hoboken does not commit to the pianistic version as original. Given the order of publication, Read more however, and the care with which Haydn notated the version for piano - supplying several movements with a profusion of dynamic and other performance indications - it seems reasonable to assume priority for the piano sonatas. Thomas Sauer is a member of the Mannes Trio, ensemble-in-residence at the Mannes College of Music. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute, the Mannes College and the City University of New York. A member of the piano faculty of the Mannes College since September 1993, he currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Vassar College, as well as artistic director of the Mannes Beethoven Institute and co-artistic director of Chamber Music Quad Cities, a performing organization based in his hometown of Davenport, Iowa. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Keyboard no 55 in B flat major, H 16 no 41 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Thomas Sauer (Piano)
Written: before 1784 
2. Sonata for Keyboard no 56 in D major, H 16 no 42 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Thomas Sauer (Piano)
Written: before 1784 
3. Sonata for Keyboard no 54 in G major, H 16 no 40 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Thomas Sauer (Piano)
Written: before 1784 
4. Sonata for Keyboard no 58 in C major, H 16 no 48 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Thomas Sauer (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789 
5. Sonata for Keyboard no 59 in E flat major, H 16 no 49 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Thomas Sauer (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

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