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A closer look on Haydn's Sonata N° 33

One of the main challenges for any piano teacher is to go beyond the notes, articulations and dynamics when teaching to any piano student this complex but rewarding form—the piano Sonata.

Today I bring an interesting analysis on a Haydn piano sonata for WKMT Blog. The full analysis on the link below:

https://www.piano-composer-teacher-london.co.uk/post/haydn-sonata-n-33-in-c-minor-hob-xvi-20

It is well-known that even to approach a piece of such magnitude, we must have very clear in our minds the main structure and further than that, how the composers utilized all the materials used in each specific section.

This task entails an in-depth knowledge of musical analysis that unfortunately, it is quite common to go unnoticed within the piano lesson as an average piano lesson consumes much of the time in rhythm accuracy, tone production and proper and subtle management of dynamics of articulations that match the period and style of the piece.

For that reason, I have created an article with the full analysis of this beguiling Haydn' s Sonata. Link above. The analysis permits that any performer, teacher or student can have a closer look into the structural side before taking any action.

This Sonata is by far one of the most delicate and successful pieces the great Master ever composed. One of the main features of the piece is that it is in a Minor mode, quite uncommon for a Sonata, which usually has its first movement in the major mode.

Another characteristic that surprise any musician is that all the three movements have a Sonata form, which needless to say, goes "against" any traditional form, especially in the third movement.

We can see through this analysis how Beethoven was influenced by the intricate polyphonic texture that Haydn had developed through years under the patronage of the count of Esterhazy.

This delicate and sophisticated jewel among Haydn's Sonatas is, without a doubt a piece of undertaking for any music lover, being the second movement one of the most accomplished in his era.