1782: Haydn: Symphony No. 73 in D major, Hob. 1/73, age 40

1782: Haydn: Symphony No. 73 in D major, Hob. 1/73, age 40

This is often known by the subtitle La chasse (The Hunt) due to the hunting horn calls in the final movement.

Instrumentation:

  • flute
  • two oboes
  • bassoon
  • two horns
  • strings
  • Some versions also include two trumpets and timpani which appear only in the Finale.

Movements:

  • Adagio — Allegro
  • Andante, in G major
  • Menuetto & Trio: Allegretto
  • La chasse Presto

The final movement was originally composed as the overture to Haydn’s opera La fedeltà premiata (“Fidelity Rewarded”), a detail which has helped secure the dating of the symphony.

The symphony ends quietly, very unusual for Haydn.

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