1786: Haydn: Symphony No. 82 (THE BEAR) in C major, age 52

age 52

It was first performed in 1787 in Paris by the Concert de la Loge Olympique, directed by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.


  • flute, two oboes, two bassoons
  • horns and/or trumpets
  • timpani
  • continuo (harpsichord)
  • strings

Early conflicting manuscript sources make the exact scoring for the brass unclear. Typically, however it is performed with both horns and trumpets.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Last of the Paris Symphonies?

The symphony was one of a series of six symphonies commissioned in 1786 by the Concert de la Loge Olympique, a popular concert subscription in Paris (hence the name for the series as a whole). Despite its number, the symphony supposedly was actually the last of the six Paris symphonies to be composed. It was completed in 1786.

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