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This middle piece of the early set of three early sonatas op. 2 dedicated to Joseph Haydn was probably composed in the winter of 1794/95. To this day it stands – unjustly – in the shadow of its more popular neighbors; the brooding. Impassioned F minor Sonata op. 2 no. 1 and the mighty; virtuosic one in C Major op. 2 no. 3 in its expressive serenity; its formal structure replete with surprising turns; and its sheer joy in music-making; it is the one in the set that most closely reflects the influence of Haydn's teaching. At the same time; however; it manifests some idiosyncratic traits that point far into the future; such as in the Largo appassionato; the passionate mood and introspection of the melody that dominates the second movement; and in the first designation of the following Menuet as “Scherzo”; coupled with a real Landler as Trio.
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