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Haydn Keyboard Sonata

posted Feb 20, 2019, 7:04 AM by Steven Luksan   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 7:05 AM ]
2/20/19 - Haydn Keyboard Sonata

Franz Joseph Haydn wrote extensively for the keyboard, but his music would not have been played on the piano as we know it today.  In Haydn's day, the harpsichord was still an extremely common instrument.  This music is now most-frequently performed on modern pianos, but this performance on a harpsichord is in keeping with the spirit of the 18th century when this music was composed.

What differences do you notice between a harpsichord and a piano? 
Here are a few hints of what to look for:  
-What color are the keys on the instrument?
-How many keyboards there are on the instrument?
-Listen to the sound of the instrument.  Does it sound different than a piano?  Can you describe how it sounds different?
-When notes on the lower keyboard are played, "coupled" notes on the upper keyboard are also engaged.  Notice how the sound is different when notes are played by themselves on the upper keyboard.