Sensibility in Haydn's Topical Art

Keri Hui*

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In Haydn's keyboard music, sensibility displays distinct localized manifestations, and it also proves its capability toencompass severalmusical signifiers. By examining and contextualizing the use of the sigh, the tempesta, and the toccata topos in Haydn's keyboard sonatas Hob. XVI:20, 49, and 46, this article aims both to demonstrate that sensibility may be signified bymultiple topics and to call attention to the value of studyingHaydn's topical art. The three topics in Haydn's keyboard sonatas each reveal a particular facet of sensibility, thereby testifying to the rich complexity of this human quality much cherished in the eighteenth century.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-468
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of Musicology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Music

User-Defined Keywords

  • Haydn
  • topic theory
  • sensibility
  • Empfindsamkeit
  • fantasia
  • tempesta


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