Still, it’s what you might call a hallmark Haydn symphony, a step up from mere filler but not among the top flight. Should’ve stayed in the desk-drawer. 59 (‘Fire’)Huge, huge fun. Here, he turns his attention to the bassoon, and gives it a merry old tune to parp, which makes for a very enjoyable opening. Start studying Final Exam for Humanities 102. Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 42Amid some of the more tired numbers in the mid-period, 42 is actually pretty lively. Not a classic, but solid enough. 19Wistful and bracing at the outset, then a little dismal in the middle, then back to being bracing at the end. 103. 22 (‘The Philosopher’)One of the first times we hear Haydn’s ‘effects’ within a symphony. 2; Mahler – Symphony No. A highlight in the early symphonies thanks to its restless energy and uncomplicated tunes. Well, it’s alright.72. 102. Symphony No. 103. 68Haydn the joker returns, mucking about with accents in the minuet and trio to give the illusion of a wonky downbeat. Symphony No. Symphony No. A ticking clock in the strings, questions asked and answered between sections, that kind of thing. 77. 70Go straight to the second movement. Symphony No. 37Another chronologically mislabeled symphony. 21. The rest is sort-of fun, but you know, not mega. 36Not a classic. This symphony is a bit like that. Symphony No. There’s a bit of ploddy syncopation in the second movement to get your pulse back to a sentient level, but aside from that there’s little to get truly excited about. Listen to the oboe. Nice enough tunes, but using mutes on the second violins when they answer the unmuted firsts is a bit of a cheap gag, even for Haydn. 17. 74. 15Real talk: the opening to this symphony is deathly. Symphony No. Symphony No. Symphony No. As it stands, though, it’s a fairly blustery work, with the Largo standing out as the key achievement here - solemn, morose and in tune with that delightfully emo tempo marking. 102 See Symphony No. Often, it works beautifully and you can basically get away with it because they’re so logical. Symphony No. 30 (‘Alleluia’)So-called because of Haydn’s use of a Gregorian ‘alleluia’ motif in the first movement, No. 76, though, there’s something deliciously unexpected about the melodies - lines go up where you expect them to go down, arpeggios rattle quite illogically at times, and soon you’re unsure whether to follow the bassoon or the strings. 57. It’s taken an extremely long time and it almost sent our writer mad, but we’ve created one of the most important documents in classical music. 79. 74You could accuse Haydn of being the king of plod, needlessly dragging things out for far longer than necessary by repeating them or marking them at slow tempos. With the opening of no. Symphony No. 8. This was Tchaikovsky's last ballet, from which he compiled a famous Suite of eight numbers for concert performance. The story was based on a children's fairy tale by E. T. A. Hoffmann, adapted by Alexandre Dumas.. According to James Webster, this choice was unusual; indeed the Farewell Symphony is apparently the only 18th-century symphony ever written in this key. 42 (BANG-quiet, BANG-quiet). 99A symphony of amazing moments, rather than a complete thematic success. 59. 15 (134) Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. Well, he picked wisely. The material itself is fine, typical Haydn, but here’s evidence that he was thinking outside of the box.12. Symphony No. Symphony No. Dvořák – Symphony No. ‘La Passione’ is perhaps Haydn’s most troubling symphony and, therefore, one of his most effective. Enjoyable fireworks, for sure, but it’s showstopper rather than a heartstopper. We don’t buy it. Both biographies are printed in English translation in Gotwals (1961). 44. The second movement is, however, an absolutely transparent whopper. 96. 89Another good one for the wind section, as Haydn grappled with an increased ensemble size. Stately, boring, fusty, disappointing. Symphony No. Just look at the third movement - nothing but wind, and a sweet flute solo. 37. 73. The Nutcracker (Щелкунчик) , Op. Symphony No. Aptly subtitled, the ‘Lamentatione’ is as you’d expect - a delightfully melancholy slow movement and an angular, skipping, dramatic finale. Nah, not really. 27. 33. Symphony No. The following minuet is in the key of F♯ major; its main peculiarity is that the final cadence of each section is made very weak (falling on the third beat), creating a sense of incompleteness. There’s a dignity, a quietness, a latent darkness even - all of the appropriate funereal emotions, basically. Was it an 18th century superyacht or a dinghy? The official reason is that some of the material was used for a play of the same name in 1775, but Haydn actually does sound pretty distracted here. 50 is a total squelch. Symphony No. But, surprisingly, it’s no primitive beast. 60. Symphony No. 21. Gerstein opened the Fantasie-themed second half with Haydn’s Fantasia in C major (also known as Capriccio), followed by Beethoven’s rarely played Fantasia in G minor, Op.77.Both composers are so well known for their highly formalistic genres such as sonatas and symphonies, that it was interesting to listen to their less rigorous side. 46, that opening optimism is quite quickly dissipated, making this Sturm und Drang masterpiece one of the symphonist’s finest achievements. Symphony No. 93This is the first of Haydn’s London symphonies, which make up the final 12 in terms of opus numbers. Symphony No. They form the last complete set of string quartets that Haydn composed. Symphony No. You can pretty much march around the room in a wig to this one for the duration. 52, 53 and 59 - Royal Northern, The head of Austrian composer Joseph Haydn mysteriously. Haydn phoning it in, no major stylistic tics or inventions.82. 5After a subdued opening and some neat, wincingly high horn entries, this one sort-of fails to go anywhere. In truth, the symphony itself suffers from a slightly excessively meandering opening movement, but it’s the beginning of one of the composer’s most attractive musical guises. 75Like having a conversation with a parent, then realising halfway through that you already had that conversation earlier in the week, and when you had it the first time you had a cup of tea and a biscuit, so it was slightly superior. 87Weirdly, after being guilty of phoning it in for quite a lot of these symphonies, the latter stages of Haydn’s career saw some of the most energetic works emerge. Brahms – Variations on a Theme by Haydn; Bruckner – Symphony No. Symphony No. The bookend movements here are strong, but the middle is a bit of a plod. 71 (TH 14 ; ČW 14), is a fairy ballet in 2 acts and 3 scenes, written and orchestrated by Tchaikovsky between February 1891 and April 1892. 64. 33The viola, of all things, comes to the fore here, as Haydn gives it its own voice in the first movement here. 19. It begins with a relaxed melody played by muted violins, featuring a repeated "hiccuping" motif. An early sign of huge promise, but one that lacks maturity.98. Symphony No. 85 (‘La Reine’)Not a pizza. Heavy. Symphony No. But with the second movement of no. The form of a piece of music tells you how the music is organized. (It is in this section of the last movement where the musicians stop playing, snuff out their candles, and leave in turn.). 81. The music eventually reaches the end of the recapitulation in a passage that sounds very much as if it were the end of the symphony but suddenly breaks off in a dominant cadence. 65. Very satisfying. 1, and the piano trio Hob XV: 27. 29. Not without interest, but there’s so much better to come. 3Uh-oh, time for an innovation! 92 (‘Oxford’)Right, so it’s nothing to do with Oxford - it just happened to be premiered when Haydn was awarded an honorary doctorate. OK, stop sounding the horns. 9. Neat. So, for 21, he sets himself some rather nifty structural challenges, eschewing a traditional fast section in the opening movement and setting up the second movement as a colossal mirrored layout. Symphony No. Tepid. Fortunately, the music is cracking, full of verve and gumption. The modern form of the essay is rooted in the short, meditative writings of _____. 71Ah, sweet melancholy, you have returned! Look, ENOUGH HORNS. Symphony No. But is the symphony actually any good? The last movement begins as a characteristic Haydn finale in fast tempo and cut time, written in sonata form in the home key of F♯ minor. 48 (‘Maria Therese’)The Holy Roman Empress Maria Therese was probably scared stiff by those opening horns. 88Go straight to the second movement. 38. 81Haydn is on dynamic and kinetic form here, giving conventional tonality a bit of a slap in the gills with his tricksy little stop-starts and key subversions. 77 (164) Double Concerto, Op. Symphony No. 28Aggressively good stuff all the way through. Look, we’ve listened to 95 of these symphonies in a row. 17 would be about the point where you’d consider giving up. 100. 18The symphonies that open in slow tempo tend to fall into two camps when it comes to Haydn - spectral beauty, or a meandering plod. 100; Humperdinck – Hänsel und Gretel; Mahler – Das Lied von der Erde; Mahler – Symphony No. Symphony No. Interestingly, having such a buoyant and bouncy first movement makes the impact of the slow, second movement all the more pronounced. 65It’s nice to note that Haydn’s slow movements get more interesting, daring and deep as the opus number increases. 76 by Joseph Haydn were composed in 1796 or 1797 and dedicated to the Hungarian count Joseph Georg von Erdödy (1754–1824). Best place to spot that in this symphony is the finale, La Tempesta, which depicts a thrilling thunderstorm and places Haydn in that lineage between Vivaldi and Beethoven. 11From the outset, it’s clear that Haydn was in a thinking kind of mood when jotting down this symphony. 38 (‘Echo’)Basically a gimmick. Aled Jones 1; Mahler – Symphony No. Search. 101. 99. Also, the exposition moves to C♯ minor, the dominant minor, rather than the more usual relative major.[6]. The piece is written for two oboes, bassoon, two horns (in A and E), and strings (violins in two sections (four in the final Adagio), violas, cellos and double basses). The character changes sometimes violently here, veering from sprightly to angry within the space of a few horn stabs. The Adagio in particular is a total smoothie, lithe and slippery in equal measure. 58After the righteous anger and heartfelt melancholy of the 40s, the 50s seems to be Haydn’s rather less exciting comedown. 78. 36. 98 (194) Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 104, the string quartet Op. 14There’s an absolutely ingenious movement here, the finale, that bases all of its material on one descending scale. Does anyone really know how good it is? The work is probably one of the more familiar and frequently performed of the symphonies from the earlier period of Haydn's career. 34 it’s just percolating. The ending is a kind of deliberate anticlimax and is usually performed as a very soft pianissimo. Symphony No. It’s among the more interesting works of Haydn’s early-mid-period, and mostly because he seems to have committed to one character. Perhaps it was encountering young upstarts like Mozart that spurred him on once again, but this is a great example of tunes being equal with special effects. Symphony No. [1] A typical performance of the symphony lasts around twenty-five minutes. It’s evidence that Haydn’s love of a good compositional game was established early and, if he didn’t get too bogged down, then it really works for the listener too.34. Some characteristic examples of Haydn’s “rollicking” finale type are found in the “London” symphony No. Well… aside from some neat and intricate small ensemble work in the third movement, there’s not a whole lot to write home about in 56. 101 (‘The Clock’)Finally, a nickname that makes sense! Symphony No. Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. Impressive, but we’re not sure why. [4], The symphony could not be performed without the purchase of some special equipment: on 22 October 1772 Haydn signed an order (preserved in the scrupulously maintained Esterházy archives) for two special half-step slides (German: Halbthönige Krummbögen) for use by the horn players. Symphony No. And the final movement is a whopping theme and variations, which takes the whole thing to over half an hour. Symphony No. Like two snakes doing a weird choreographed courtship ritual, the string lines encircle each other in the most unusual and delightful ways, before the whole thing gives over to a series of pastoral themes. Extra marks for death-avoiding dramatic premiere. 50. Browse. Time passing makes mankind worse.” So yeah. The music then returns to its original quiet dynamic as if nothing has happened, and the ensuing variations do not repeat the joke. Grim notes that aside from these departures from the norm, the first movement is "hardly able to be perceived as revolutionary" and "is not at all that adventurous, containing a development that ventures only to the levels of IV, International Music Score Library Project, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Symphony_No._45_(Haydn)&oldid=1002054351, Wikipedia articles needing page number citations from August 2016, Articles with International Music Score Library Project links, Wikipedia articles with CANTIC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz work identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 22 January 2021, at 16:46. Soundwise, it’s a bit more like getting a 2:2 from Plymouth. 53 (‘L’imepriale’)Puff out your chest and revel in Haydn’s most overtly stately symphony. 25 102 (87) Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. Winsome and pleasant enough, but it suffers from another quite tawdry slow movement.97. The second movement here shows exactly why, with one of the first showcases he ever gave to the instrument. Symphony No. But once you’re over that minor etymological hurdle, there are some winsome, outdoorsy melodies to tramp through, none of which will tax the brain or the ears too much. 25. Symphony No. Esterházy seems to have understood the message: the court returned to Eisenstadt the day following the performance. But at the heart of it, there’s a beautiful melancholy - one of Haydn’s most overlooked emotional qualities.7. 41. 86. 66If we were making a movie with the first movement of this symphony as a soundtrack, it would be a whimsical comedy starring Cameron Diaz as a beleaguered ‘always the bridesmaid’-type character. Total smoothie, lithe and slippery in equal measure themes and a spotlight... 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