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Archive for March, 2013

Adventurous Haydn

Posted on: March 14th, 2013 by SDB 1 Comment

 

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Franz Joseph Haydn’s final sonata for the piano, in E-flat major (it is numbered either 52 or 62 according to various sources) is, in my own estimation, one of the most sweepingly complete artistic statements by any creative person possible. One hears in its audacious and virtuosic gestures the astonishingly virility and bold imagination of an old man eternally youthful. The scalar passagework is clearly influenced by the power of the new instruments that Haydn saw and played on, during trips to London; the harmonic adventures he takes his listeners on are sparked both by the new music of his own time and his own willingness to try new sonic combinations; and the innermost reflection of the second movement but a memento of a life spent largely in the quiet remove of Esterhazy, allowed and encouraged to ruminate musically with a heart and mind of incomparable genius. A man of humility, perception, humor and remarkable insight, Franz Joseph Haydn is a great composer whose sensitive humanity shines forth in every note of this unforgettable and brilliant work.