Mr. Peabody Says:
This is the 3rd of a trio of symphonies called “Day Trilogy”, Nos. 6-8, written for Prince Paul II Anton Esterházy and the 3rd written after Haydn had joined the Esterházy court. There is virtuoso writing for many soloists. It is popularly known as “Le soir”. Le soir means evening.
In many ways it reminds me of what Vivaldi did with his “Four Season”. I have no idea if Haydn knew of Vivaldi’s music. But it is interesting that with this symphony he started fast and in 3/4 time, because to me the 1st movement does not sound like a 1st movement. The whole symphony is around 22 minutes long, shorter than just one movement of may symphonies written in the 1800s.
- Allegro molto, G major
- Andante, C major
- Menuetto & Trio, G major – C major – G major
- La tempesta – Presto, G major
- solo violoncello
- two solo violins
- solo violone
- two oboes, one flute, bassoon
- two horns