Joseph Haydn
Sonatas

About Joseph Haydn's Sonatas

Haydn´s earliest surviving keyboard sonatas were most likely composed during the period before 1760, while he survived by teaching piano.
Probably a lot of similar works have been lost because Haydn gave the manuscripts to his students without making copies.
Most of these sonatas are short, relatively easy and in a three-movement format (fast-minuet-fast). From the mid-1760s the Sonatas are weightier and have much larger structures, with substantial slow movements.
With Hob. XVI:44 (1867) Haydn also ventures for the first time into the minor mode – this is the case with only five of his piano sonatas.
During the 1770s, Haydn composed at least 18 keyboard sonatas, published in sets of six. The one in C minor, Hob. XVI:20, stands out as one of the masterworks of Haydn´s Sturm und Drang period.
The three sonatas of 1784 are interesting formal experiments; each is in two movements and only one movement is in sonata form. The late sonatas were written in connection with Haydn’s visits to London: Hob XVI:50 and 52 were written for Therese Jansen, a leading English pianist. They give evidence not only of Jansen´s formidable technique, but also of the more powerful sonority of the English piano in comparison to its continental counterparts.

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Preview TitleKey Year Level
Sonata L. 10 Hob. XVI:  1  in C Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAB Sonata L. 10 Hob. XVI: 11 C Major 1760 6
Sonata L. 11 Hob. XVI:  2  in B-flat Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAC Sonata L. 11 Hob. XVI: 233 B-flat Major 1760 6
Sonata L. 14 Hob. XVI:  3  in C Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAD Sonata L. 14 Hob. XVI: 31 C Major 1760 6
Sonata L. 9 Hob. XVI:  4  in D Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAE Sonata L. 9 Hob. XVI: 47 D Major 1760 6
Sonata L. 8 Hob. XVI:  5  in A Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAF Sonata L. 8 Hob. XVI: 529 A Major 1763 7
Sonata L. 13 Hob. XVI:  6  in G Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAG Sonata L. 13 Hob. XVI: 623 G Major 1766 7
Sonata L. 2 Hob. XVI:  7  in C Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAH Sonata L. 2 Hob. XVI: 71 C Major 1766 5
Sonata L. 1 Hob. XVI:  8  in G Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAI Sonata L. 1 Hob. XVI: 823 G Major 1766 5
Sonata L. 3 Hob. XVI:  9  in F Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAJ Sonata L. 3 Hob. XVI: 917 F Major 1766 5
Sonata L. 6 Hob. XVI:  10  in C Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAK Sonata L. 6 Hob. XVI: 101 C Major 1767 6
Sonata L. 5 Hob. XVI:  11  in G Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAL Sonata L. 5 Hob. XVI: 1123 G Major 1767 6
Sonata L. 12 Hob. XVI:  12  in A Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAM Sonata L. 12 Hob. XVI: 1229 A Major 1767 6
Sonata L. 15 Hob. XVI:  13  in E Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAN Sonata L. 15 Hob. XVI: 1313 E Major 1767 5
Sonata L. 16 Hob. XVI:  14  in D Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAO Sonata L. 16 Hob. XVI: 147 D Major 1767 7
Sonata  Hob. XVI:  15  in C Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAP Sonata Hob. XVI: 151 C Major 1767 6
Sonata  Hob. XVI:  16  in E-flat Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAQ Sonata Hob. XVI: 1611 E-flat Major 1755 6
Sonata  Hob. XVI:  17  in B-flat Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAR Sonata Hob. XVI: 1733 B-flat Major 1768 6
Sonata L. 20 Hob. XVI:  18  in B-flat Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAS Sonata L. 20 Hob. XVI: 1833 B-flat Major 1767 8
Sonata L. 30 Hob. XVI:  19  in D Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAT Sonata L. 30 Hob. XVI: 197 D Major 1767 8
Sonata L. 33 Hob. XVI:  20  in C Minor by Haydn piano sheet music AAU Sonata L. 33 Hob. XVI: 202 C Minor 1771 7
Sonata L. 36 Hob. XVI:  21  in C Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAV Sonata L. 36 Hob. XVI: 211 C Major 1773 7
Sonata L. 37 Hob. XVI:  22  in E Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAW Sonata L. 37 Hob. XVI: 2213 E Major 1773 8
Sonata L. 38 Hob. XVI:  23  in F Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAX Sonata L. 38 Hob. XVI: 2317 F Major 1773 8
Sonata L. 39 Hob. XVI:  24  in D Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAY Sonata L. 39 Hob. XVI: 247 D Major 1773 7
Sonata L. 40 Hob. XVI:  25  in E-flat Major by Haydn piano sheet music AAZ Sonata L. 40 Hob. XVI: 2511 E-flat Major 1773 8
Sonata L. 41 Hob. XVI:  26  in A Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABA Sonata L. 41 Hob. XVI: 2629 A Major 1773 7
Sonata L. 42 Hob. XVI:  27  in G Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABB Sonata L. 42 Hob. XVI: 2723 G Major 1776 6
Sonata L. 43 Hob. XVI:  28  in E-flat Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABC Sonata L. 43 Hob. XVI: 2811 E-flat Major 1776 8
Sonata L. 44 Hob. XVI:  29  in F Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABD Sonata L. 44 Hob. XVI: 2917 F Major 1776 8
Sonata L. 45 Hob. XVI:  30  in A Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABE Sonata L. 45 Hob. XVI: 3029 A Major 1776 7
Sonata L. 46 Hob. XVI:  31  in E Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABF Sonata L. 46 Hob. XVI: 3113 E Major 1776 8
Sonata L. 47 Hob. XVI:  32  in B Minor by Haydn piano sheet music ABG Sonata L. 47 Hob. XVI: 3236 B Minor 1776 8
Sonata L. 34 Hob. XVI:  33  in D Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABH Sonata L. 34 Hob. XVI: 337 D Major 1777 7
Sonata L. 53 Hob. XVI:  34  in E Minor by Haydn piano sheet music ABI Sonata L. 53 Hob. XVI: 3414 E Minor 1778 7
Sonata L. 48 Hob. XVI:  35  in C Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABJ Sonata L. 48 Hob. XVI: 351 C Major 1780 7
Sonata L. 49 Hob. XVI:  36  in C-sharp Minor by Haydn piano sheet music ABK Sonata L. 49 Hob. XVI: 365 C-sharp Minor 1780 8
Sonata L. 50 Hob. XVI:  37  in D Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABL Sonata L. 50 Hob. XVI: 377 D Major 1780 8
Sonata L. 51 Hob. XVI:  38  in E-flat Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABM Sonata L. 51 Hob. XVI: 3811 E-flat Major 1780 8
Sonata L. 52 Hob. XVI:  39  in G Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABN Sonata L. 52 Hob. XVI: 3923 G Major 1780 8
Sonata L. 54 Hob. XVI:  40  in G Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABO Sonata L. 54 Hob. XVI: 4023 G Major 1784 8
Sonata L. 55 Hob. XVI:  41  in B-flat Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABP Sonata L. 55 Hob. XVI: 4133 B-flat Major 1784 7
Sonata L. 56 Hob. XVI:  42  in D Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABQ Sonata L. 56 Hob. XVI: 427 D Major 1784 7
Sonata L. 35 Hob. XVI:  43  in A-flat Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABR Sonata L. 35 Hob. XVI: 4327 A-flat Major 1783 8
Sonata L. 32 Hob. XVI:  44  in G Minor by Haydn piano sheet music ABS Sonata L. 32 Hob. XVI: 4424 G Minor 1767 8
Sonata L. 29 Hob. XVI:  45  in E-flat Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABT Sonata L. 29 Hob. XVI: 4511 E-flat Major 1767 8
Sonata L. 31 Hob. XVI:  46  in A-flat Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABU Sonata L. 31 Hob. XVI: 4627 A-flat Major 1767 8
Sonata L. 57 Hob. XVI:  47  in F Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABV Sonata L. 57 Hob. XVI: 4717 F Major 1767 8
Sonata L. 58 Hob. XVI:  48  in C Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABW Sonata L. 58 Hob. XVI: 481 C Major 1789 8
Sonata L. 59 Hob. XVI:  49  in E-flat Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABX Sonata L. 59 Hob. XVI: 4911 E-flat Major 1790 8
Sonata L. 60 Hob. XVI:  50  in C Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABY Sonata L. 60 Hob. XVI: 501 C Major 1795 8
Sonata L. 61 Hob. XVI:  51  in D Major by Haydn piano sheet music ABZ Sonata L. 61 Hob. XVI: 517 D Major 1795 7
Sonata L. 62 Hob. XVI:  52  in E-flat Major by Haydn piano sheet music ACA Sonata L. 62 Hob. XVI: 5211 E-flat Major 1794 8

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