1774: Haydn: Symphony No. 55 in Eb major (THE SCHOOLMASTER), Hob. I/55, age 42

Nickname (The Schoolmaster)

This symphony has been known by this name since the early nineteenth century. In the catalog of his works that Haydn helped prepare in the final years of his life, there is a fragment of a lost Divertimento in D containing a dotted rhythm entitled “Der verliebte Schulmeister” (the schoolmaster in love). One analyst has suggested that there are sections in the 2nd movement marked semplice represent the “strict, pedantic” teacher and the dolce sections depict the same teacher overwhelmed by love.


  • 2 oboes
  • bassoon
  • 2 horns
  • strings. It is in four


  • Allegro di molto
  • Adagio ma semplicemente in Bb major
  • Menuetto & trio
  • Finale: Presto

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