ABRSM Grade 8 - Piano Exam Pieces


Haydn Allegro Moderato (1st mvt from Sonata in A-Flat, Hob. XVI:46)

ABRSM Grade 8 - A2

This sonata movement offers plenty of scope for the player to explore different dynamics, touches and expressive characterisation in the wide variety of ideas Haydn presents. There are delicate ornaments and sighing appoggiaturas in the outer sections, along with shapely scale patterns. The development section, featuring exhilarating toccata-like figuration, takes us through an unusually adventurous range of keys. Light, judicious pedalling will enhance the performance.

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