Saturday, March 30, 2013


Haydn has given us a piano piece: Capriccio in G.  I have never seen it programmed or heard it played.  At first reading I find it less than compelling.

Hey!  Wait a minute!  Haydn?  Less than compelling?  Who do you think you are!

I take another look this time paying attention to the note values and the "repetitions" -- oh! how he loved repetitions!

I begin to get it.

Next time I pay attention to my own gut reactions.  I begin to hear the tonal non sequitors that call for extraordinary reading. 

I go back to the title and, newly empowered by my observations, let the piece rip.

It is a riot.

Maybe that's why it's one of the two late works after which he wrote "Laus Dei."