Ji​ř​i Anton​í​n Benda: The Complete Keyboard Sonatas

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Son of a weaver (1722), trained by the Jesuits then abruptly summoned to the Court of the King of Prussia (1745), Jiří Antonín Benda stood out as a master of the melodrama and the Singspiel. He left a large oeuvre for keyboard (17 sonata, 34 sonatinas), which take over the Baroque heritage of the Bach family, especially the ‘Hamburg and Berlin Bach’, Carl Philip Emanuel, then the Classical style, thereby providing an example as much to Mozart as to Haydn or Beethoven. Initially enamoured of Empfindsamkeit (sensitivity), he decanted his style to write, in his lonely final years, sonatas that were more appreciated than Haydn’s and sufficiently innovative to interest the young Beethoven.


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