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Early Haydn Sonatas Arranged for Flute and Bassoon Duo
Noteworthy Sheet Music publishes Vol. 1 of Haydn's early keyboard sonatas beautifully arranged for flute (or oboe) and bassoon.
The earliest keyboard sonatas of Franz Joseph Haydn were titled 'divertimento' or 'partita' and follow that style, with mostly light movements and no special weight on the first. Haydn wrote them when he was about the age of Mozart or Schubert at death, along with 30 or so symphonies and much else. Thus, although Haydn developed late and slowly, due to his circumstances and nature, these sonatas cannot be dismissed as juvenile. Indeed, even the earliest have great rhythmic variety and vitality, and are delightful when played with verve. Written primarily for harpsichord, they are mostly in two voices, and even where not, their early classical harmonies are easily conveyed by two instruments. They incorporate few pianistic effects and lie comfortably within range for flute and bassoon. Thus, they make natural duets of lively, interesting music that is fun to play. —adapted from the © preface by John W. Pratt
NSM has just published the first volume of this series of arrangements for wind duo created by John Pratt. The new edition, Haydn - Early Sonatas arranged as Duets for Flute & Bassoon, Vol. 1, includes seven of Haydn's early keyboard sonatas skillfully arranged as duets for flute and bassoon. Oboe may be substituted for flute, as these arrangements are suitable for oboe and bassoon duos as well. For additional details, to view a preview page, and to listen to some audio, visit the NSM listing page at