1761: Haydn: Symphony No. 7 (NOON ) in C major, age 29

TUESDAY, November 10, 2020 – 10:20 AM

Symphony No. 7 (NOON) in C major, age 29

This is an early symphony written in 1761 by Joseph Haydn and the 2nd written after Haydn had joined the Esterházy court. It is the 2nd of three that are characterized by unusual virtuoso writing across the orchestral ensemble. It is popularly known as “Le matin” (Morning).

It is part of a trio of symphonies called “Day Trilogy”, Nos. 6-8, written for Prince Paul II Anton Esterházy.

Instrumentation:

  • 2 flutes, 2 oboes, bassoon
  • 2 horns, strings
  • continuo

The principal players of each of the string sections have solos, while the winds are given very interesting parts.

Steven Isserlis

 

 

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