HAYDN, Franz Joseph, 1732-1809

Variationen F-moll (Sonate) Hob. XVII:6. Introduction: Armin Raab
[New York Public Library]

Haydn, Variations in f minor
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Munich, 2009. Oblong, 4°, xiv, 8 pp. Deluxe color facsimile of the autograph issued on the occasion of the bicentenary of the composer’s death. Four leaves contain the fair copy of the work, while two leaves represent a composing copy. Originally entitled “Sonate for Signora de Ployer” (probably the pianist Barbara Ployer, a piano and composition pupil of Mozart), the variation movement was apparently intended as the beginning of a sonata with several movements. As can be seen from the second part of the autograph score, Haydn later extended the movement, ending it with an expansive Capriccio Coda. The first printed edition already bears the title Variations”. The moving masterpiece has been played all over the world as “Variations in f minor” ever since. Commentary in Ger-Eng. Hardbound, decorative paper boards, with pasted title etikette. $86


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