A Classical Masterpiece
Haydn’s Sonata in D Major is an expressive, playful, and energetic piece. The interchanging voicing and harmonies in the sonata meld together to produce a beautiful composition. Some parts are surprising and different, while others flow and glide. In the picture, you see a man regarding a waterfall with wonder and amazement, just like how the sonata is a waterfall. Some parts come down easily, while other currents hit rocks and surprises, sending up clouds of water drops. The piece reminds me of a journey, stopping at some parts with dramatic “trumpets”, and marching on at others.
One of my favorite parts was the beginning of the development. You hear the main melody in a different hand and key. It’s like looking at something from a different angle. You see something you’ve never seen before, a different element of the melody.
Overall, this sonata is an amazing piece that showcases all the beautiful elements of the classical era.
~ Presentation by Jason Sliwowski