Which of the following is not a characteristic of Haydn’s music? I’ll give you three suggestions. One is that the” Haydnian Style” which he introduced in his Viennese debut “laus” in 1900 is not his real style. That’s what the critics called it never did catch on anywhere else in the music world.
The second is that the “style” was something which a young Sibelius (aliwindeh) added later. No one can prove this but there is an instance where Sibelius added some features which Haydn had rejected earlier. This might account for the vague sense of jazz which accompanies most Haydn piano music. And it is possible that this was a sort of break with his earlier style. But this seems unlikely.
The third possibility is that Haydn borrowed from other piano music before he started to write his own. He certainly did so “initially”. For instance, he wrote a very similar melody to Mozart’s” Divertimentale opus”. But Mozart did not publish that music. It was saved by his friend Antonio Salieri who sent it to him.
Now then, I asked just what is distinctive about Haydn piano music. And I asked you for your response. You gave a number of answers including having heard the Haydens in concert and being impressed by their quality. Some others said that they couldn’t figure out any characteristics that are not typical of Haydens music.
You see my difficulty lies in trying to convince you that there is a distinctive feature. In fact, I would submit that there is no such characteristic. As each composer has his or her own individual style, there is no such thing as “which of the following is not a characteristic of Haydn’s music?” You see my difficulty lies in trying to convince you that there is a distinctive feature.
Now then, since we know that each composer creates his or her own music, one can easily argue that each piano piece is its own unique work. If a piano piece contains four notes which are all in different keys (A-G), it could be argued that piece is from a different composer than the other pianos which contain those same four notes (A-G), thus this particular piano music being from another composer. But what if we discover that there is a certain piano piece which contains three notes which are in the same key (A-C), but that the other two notes are in completely different keys (E-G). Then we could easily say that the music is from the same performer, but it hasn’t been copied from another artist. Thus one can argue both that a piano that does not contain notes from another piano is a characteristic of Haydines music, and also that there are similarities between two piano pieces which have similarities in their composition.
There are several characteristics of Haydines piano music which are similar to other famous composers. For instance, Haydines wrote his music in the same manner that others would have written music in, by creating new melodic lines and progressions which he used to tell a story or tell us a tale. Other piano composers create very simple music (sometimes) with a variety of notes and chords, and sometimes they use very complicated chords and harmonies. But no other piano composer seems to use the two notes of the seventh note (in each line of each chord) to tell a story or tell us a tale.
The answer to which of the following is not a characteristic of Haydines music is: none. None of what you hear is a characteristic of Haydines music. This is because whatever the composer creates is entirely his own. No two Haydines piano compositions are ever alike.
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