1780: Haydn: Symphony No. 75 in D major (CURIOUS STORY), age 48

Instruments:

  • flute,
  • two oboes
  • bassoon
  • two horns
  • strings
  • two trumpets and
  • timpani were added.

Adam Fischer

  1. Grave — Presto
  2. Poco adagio (Andante con variazioni in many sources)
  3. Menuetto & Trio: Allegretto
  4. Finale: Vivace

Movements:

  1. Grave — Presto
  2. Poco adagio (Andante con variazioni in many sources)
  3. Menuetto & Trio: Allegretto
  4. Finale: Vivace

Haydn reported a curious story during his first visit to London:

“On 26th March 1792 at Mr Barthelemon’s Concert, there was an English clergyman who sank into the deepest melancholy on hearing my Andante [here Haydn cites the opening of the second movement of Symphony No. 75], because the night before he had dreamt that such an Andante was a premonition of his death. — He immediately left the company and took to his bed, and today, the 25th of April, I learnt from Herr Barthelemon that this Protestant clergyman had died.”

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