Joseph Haydn

Eight Early Sonatas

Tuija Hakkila, fortepiano



Sleeve notes in English and Finnish

2 CDs

August 2020

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1360-2D


Track listing

CD 1 66:58
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Keyboard Sonata in G Major Hob. XVI:6 (No. 13) 16:29
1 I. Allegro 5:58
2 II. Minuet – Trio 4:53
3 III. Adagio 3:31
4 IV. Finale. Allegro molto 2:07
Keyboard Sonata in E major Hob. XVI:13 (No. 15) 11:35
5 I. Moderato 4:44
6 II. Menuet - Trio 3:22
7 III. Finale. Presto 3:29
Keyboard Sonata in A major Hob. XVI:12 (No. 12) 10:54
8 I. Andante 5:15
9 II. Menuet - Trio 3:32
10 III. Finale 2:07
Keyboard Sonata in E minor Hob. XVI:47 (No. 19) 13:39
11 I. Adagio 4:16
12 II. Allegro 5:53
13 III. Finale. Tempo di Menuet 3:30
Keyboard Sonata in G minor Hob. XVI:44 (No. 32) 14:12
14 I. Moderato 9:43
15 II. Allegretto 4:29

CD 2 69:07
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Keyboard Sonata in A flat major Hob. XVI:46 (No. 31) 23:41
1 I. Allegro moderato 8:12
2 II. Adagio 10:39
3 III. Finale. Presto 4:50
Keyboard Sonata in D major Hob. XVI:19 (No. 30) 21:45
4 I. Moderato 10:32
5 II. Andante 7:26
6 III. Finale. Allegro assai 3:47
Keyboard Sonata in C minor Hob. XVI:20 (No. 33) 23:41
7 I. Moderato 11:45
8 II. Andante con moto 4:49
9 III. Finale. Allegro 7:07

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Complete description

An album of Joseph Haydn’s (1732–1809) eight delightful early keyboard sonatas by Tuija Hakkila performed on two fortepianos.


The current consensus is that there are about 60 surviving authentic Piano Sonatas by Haydn, while contemporary sources point to as many as 80. The earliest of these probably date from Haydn’s youth in the 1750s; the last one was completed in summer 1795. Some of the lost Sonatas are works that Haydn simply gave away as a young man, and they have never been heard of since. In mid-18th-century Vienna music was mainly distributed in the form of manuscript copies made by copyists. Haydn did not publish his first collection of six Sonatas until 1774. This was immediately reprinted elsewhere in Europe, and in London a version with violin accompaniment arranged by none other than Charles Burney was published. Of the Sonatas selected for this project, Haydn wrote all of these over a period of about 15 years before his 40th birthday. Hakkila has selected an Italian-style instrument for two Sonatas (E major and G minor), a copy of a Gottfried Silbermann fortepiano. J. S. Bach probably owned a Silbermann fortepiano. The hammer mechanism in the instrument resembles that of the early instruments of Italian instrument builders Bartolomeo Cristofori and Giovanni Ferrini. In six Sonatas (G major, A major, A flat major, D major, E minor and C minor) Hakkila uses her own original 1790s instrument, a five-octave Viennese fortepiano similar to the ones built by Anton Walter. The maker of this instrument is unknown, but it is known that it was sold to Finland in the early 19th century by the Bureau de Musique in Leipzig, a company owned by composer Franz Anton Hoffmeister, who was an acquaintance of Haydn’s.


1987 Tuija Hakkila holds a senior position in piano music at the Sibelius Academy and earned a Doctor of Music degree in 2005. She also taught at the Royal Danish Conservatory in Copenhagen from 2005 through 2008. In 2014 she was appointed Professor of Piano Music at the Sibelius Academy. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary music: She has developed her interest in period instrument performance, presenting classical and romantic programmes on period pianos. She works with a number of today’s composers and is invited to give world premiere performances of new works. Hakkila’s solo discography includes the complete cycle of Mozart keyboard sonatas, a compilation of Jean Sibelius’ piano works, a recital of 20th century piano music and a world premiere recording of the early 19th century Finnish Lithander brothers’ music. A recording with Kaija Saariaho’s chamber music for trio ensembles came out in fall 2012. In addition to this, she has recorded Niccoló Castiglioni’s chamber music, Haydn flute trios and Byström sonatas for piano and violin. Her discography also includes Brahms’ violin sonatas, Gabriel Fauré’s cello works and all Beethoven’s works for cello and piano.