Mr. Peabody Says:
The finale is marked Tempo di menuetto, but it is not in the 3/4
time of a minuet. It is 3/8 time, which is typical of Haydn’s other early symphonic finales. Also, unlike other minuets, the movement lacks a central trio section. Apparently there were all kinds of minuets that were very unpredictable.
Listen to the 2nd movement first:
Andante in D minor – 5:30
We need a nickname: “5.5 Sweet Minutes”:
The first time I heard this 2nd movement, I had to play it again. There a haunting 5 and 1/2 minutes here:
Right in the middle of Haydn’s optimism and lighthearted music there are moments of incredible lyricism. Because of this amazing movement this whole symphony immediately became a favorite.
- 2 oboes
- 2 horns