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Buy the Best Editions for Haydn Piano Music
Joseph Haydn is one of the prominent figures for piano music of the Classical Era. Born in Austria in 1732, and passing away in 1809, Haydn lived a long life and was able to compose a large amount of music that is still played today. His music inspired Mozart, his friend, Beethoven, his student, and generations of other musicians. His piano sonatas are considered a standard in piano repertoire, and any hard working student should endeavor to study these piano sonatas by Haydn.
Haydn Piano Sonatas
The most recommended editions are ranked from top (highest) to bottom (lowest).
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ABRSM Signature Series
This leading edition by ABRSM for Haydn’s piano sonatas was published in 1984. It contains around 60 pages for each volume. The print and the pages are large, which enables for easy reading. This edition contains introductory and performance notes by Howard Ferguson.
The complete Haydn piano sonatas are contained in 4 volumes with the Wiener Urtext. This edition was published in 1972, and revised in 2012. Each book contains around 200 pages.
Click here to see a sample of Wiener Urtext Haydn piano sonatas.
Also, here is a picture of the Wiener Haydn Piano Sonatas:
Henle Verlag Urtext
The fifty two Haydn Piano Sonatas are contained in 3 volumes with the Henle Verlag Urtext. Purchasing all three together comes to about 120 dollars.
This edition was published in 2006. Each book contains a little over 100 pages. The editor for this edition is Georg Feder. Georg Feder also was the editor for Henle’s Beethoven Piano Sonatas and Clementi’s piano sonatas.
You can see an eaxmple of the Henle Haydn Piano Sonatas with this picture:
Alfred Masterwork Edition
This edition for Haydn’s piano sonatas is contained in three volumes, which can be bought together for around 60 dollars. It is edited by Dr. Maurice Hinson and was published in 1995. Performance suggestions include interpretation suggestions by the editor. By clicking on the first image, you can see an example of how the sheet music looks.
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This edition for Haydn’s piano sonatas is reproduced from the Breitkopf & Härtel edition. It was published in 1984. This edition is known for its low cost. The complete piano sonatas are placed in two volumes with this edition. Each book contains over 200 pages, which may be difficult to keep open and flat on a piano stand.
Some problems with this edition include small print, which is hard to read, and no fingering suggestions.
Here is an example of the Dover Haydn Piano Sonatas: