I heard some Haydn sonatas on the radio the other day which appealed to me and figured I should go ahead and learn one of them, especially since I've never seriously practiced any before. My question is about pedaling - is it acceptable to use any? Or is it like Bach and those traditionalists who say you can't use pedal because it wasn't invented yet?
Haydn actually indicated the use of pedal (ohne dampfer
) in his "Great" C Major sonata, No.50 in Hoboken's catalogue (but no. 60 in the Christa Landon catalogue/edition), and he did so for a special dissonant effect. I have performed that sonata and use pedal as I would in any Mozart or Beethoven.