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Symphony No. 68 (Haydn)

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The Symphony No. 68 in B flat major, Hoboken I/68, is a symphony by Joseph Haydn. The symphony was composed by 1779.

Movements

It is scored two oboes, two bassoons, two horns and strings. This is one of the first of Haydn's symphonies to contain two independent bassoon parts.

  1. Vivace
  2. Menuetto & Trio
  3. Adagio cantabile
  4. Finale: Presto

In the trio of the minuet, Haydn plays games with the accents, moving the appearance of a downbeat to different places in the bar -- a game he would play to a much greater effect in the trio of his Oxford Symphony.

The slow movement opens with muted first violins playing a serenade-like melody over a tick-tock accompaniment in the second violins. Periodically in this section, the full tutti will double the accompaniment forte for four notes, turning the tick-tock into something of a fanfare.

The finale is a contredanse rondo with three episodes and a coda. The first episode features the bassoons, the second episode the oboes and the third episode is in stormy G minor.

References

Symphony No. 68 (Haydn) Wikipedia


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