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Divertimento Hob. XVIIa:1 for piano, 4-hands

Il maestro e lo scolare fur Klavier zu vier Handen

By Franz Joseph Haydn

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Piano Piano, 4-hands (1 piano, 4-hands)
Il maestro e lo scolare fur Klavier zu vier Handen. Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Edited by Sonja Gerlach. Sheet music. Paperbound. Henle Music Folios. Revised edition of HN 347. Classical, Duet. Softcover. 24 pages. G. Henle #HN893. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480893).

Item Number: HL.51480893

ISBN 9790201808932. 12.25x9.25 inches.

Which of his pupils did Haydn have in mind when he composed his humorous “Divertimento à due per il Clavicembalo solo”? It was written at a time when works for piano four-hands were still the exception – and instead of “Primo” and “Secondo,” the oldest copies use the terms “La parte del Maestro” and “dello Scolare.” Haydn's wit keeps surfacing; for instance, in the idea that the teacher plays first, then the pupil, and in the last bars of the variation movement the hands of the players cross over without their being any musical necessity for this. Haydn's sole work for piano four hands is now published in a revised edition based on the volume that has just appeared in the Haydn Complete Edition (HN 5501 and 5502). It is an excellent work for educational purposes but will also provide good sightreaders with a great deal of pleasure.

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