Variations f minor (Sonata) Hob. XVII:6

Editor: Sonja Gerlach
Fingering: Christine Schornsheim

8.95 $

Urtext Edition, paperbound
revised edition
replaces HN 70

Pages: 18 (III, 15), Size 23,5 x 31,0 cm
Order no. HN 912

Level of difficulty (Piano): difficult (Level 6/7)

Haydn’s last piano work is also considered to be his most famous single work for this instrument. The minor theme is filled with emotional depth: “a melancholy andante in f minor, with variations, as only a genius can do them, that almost sounds like a free fantasia” (thus described in a review of the time). The form is also demanding: not merely one theme but two – one in a major key, the other in a minor one – are varied in turn. The autograph gives one to believe that the work was originally intended to be the first movement of a sonata. This single edition has been taken from the recently revised volume of “Piano pieces” (HN 224) and furnished with a detailed commentary. Henle also recently published a facsimile of Haydn’s autograph of the Variations in f minor: HN 3218.

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