Joseph Haydn's rich work contains an almost inexhaustible supply of piano sonatas. There are more than 50 which also constitute a significant part of its total production. One of the great contributions of this composer in these sonatas - as in many other genres, notably symphonies and string quartets - is to have created bridges between very different stylistic eras and to have posed at the same time. time the basics of the classical sonata.
Volume II includes three groups of six sonatas that Haydn introduced to music lovers through printed editions or copies made by professionals. The collections of the 1770s contain some of his best known and most appreciated sonatas, notably the sonatas in C major, D major and G major, Hob. XVI: 35, 37 and 27. The last sonata, the sonata in C minor Hob. XVI: 20, must undoubtedly be regarded as the most important of this collection. His expressiveness and passionate character combined with high piano requirements almost foreshadow Beethoven's audacity.