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This piano sonata – probably Haydn's last – has unfortunately come down to us without an autograph. The composer in all likelihood offered the work and its publication rights to the London-based pianist Therese Bartolozzi (née Jansen). In any event; and no doubt feeling entitled to do so; she added the words “Composed expressively for and Dedicated to Mrs. Bartolozzi” before sending it off to print; in fact; she personally distributed the edition; published in London in 1801; in copies with her signature. Like its companion work the Sonata in E flat Major Hob.XVI:52; the C Major Sonata was written in London in 1794/95. However; its central movement is based on an Adagio that Haydn had composed in 1793 in Vienna; and which Artaria published around 1794. The variants contained in this early version are reproduced as Ossias in our Urtext edition; which is based on the text of the Haydn Complete Edition.
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