Welcome! 🙂 I hope the daily music posts here on the blog are giving you a boost, in these strange and unsettling times. If you’re new to the series and would like to check out earlier posts, you’ll find the first one here.
Today’s post is a re-post of a sonata by Franz Josef Haydn (the original went up a couple of weeks ago). When I started this series on the blog, it seemed like quarantine would be over in a couple of weeks. Now we’re not sure how long it’ll last, and I plan to keep posting music every day for the duration, but I need to stock up on some more music.
Meanwhile, this Sonata in C Major. As I mentioned in my original post:
“Haydn plays with both light and dark colors and characters in this piece. Overall, though, the mood of the music is still bright and warm. The shifts into slightly more shadowy territory make the bright moods all the more vivid.
As you listen, I suggest again seeing if the music evokes any particular place or scenery for you. Maybe imagine somewhere in the outdoors, fields or woods or beside water. Or maybe, in this case, the moods of the piece reflect the shifting weather we see at the beginning of spring, with a final resolution into the time of new greenery, flowers, and long sunny days. As always, you’re welcome to share your thoughts and responses to the music in the comments.”
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[p.s. Please ignore the laugh at the beginning of the third movement… I was still recovering from an amusingly failed take… 😉 ]
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