HAYDN, Franz Joseph, 1732-1809
Variationen F-moll (Sonate) Hob.
Introduction: Armin Raab
[New York Public Library]
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. $82