“Sensibility in Haydn’s Topical Art,” Journal of Musicology 40/1 (2023), forthcoming.
“Kreutzer Sonata’s Rousseauian Gospel: Leo Tolstoy’s Artistic Asceticism,” International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music 53/1 (2022), forthcoming.
“Choreographing Sensibility: Innocence and Politeness in Haydn’s Hob. XVI: 40 and 42,” Music and Letters 102/3 (2021): 482–506, https://doi.org/10.1093/ml/gcab050.
This article examines the first movements of Haydn’s keyboard sonatas Hob. XVI: 40 and 42, composed for and dedicated to Princess Marie Esterházy. The movements are explored alongside the various public portraits of the princess to observe how the music might have helped confirm or reinforce the feminine ideals and behaviours of the eighteenth-century culture of sensibility. The studies of Hob. XVI: 40’s Allegretto e innocente and Hob. XVI: 42’s Andante con espressione focus respectively on the notions of innocence and politeness. These two movements thus can be heard as a musical choreography of tasteful innocence and politeness in the culture of sensibility—the music, when performed, brings forth an experience similar to reading a sentimental fictional narrative and a chapter in a conduct-book.