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Symphony No. 90 (Haydn)

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Symphony No. 90 in C major, Hoboken I/90, was written by Joseph Haydn in 1788 as part of a three-symphony commission by Comte d'Ogny for the Concerts de la Loge Olympique. It is occasionally referred to as The Letter R – referring to an older method of cataloguing Haydn's symphonic output.

Movements

The symphony is in standard four-movement form and scored for flute, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani, continuo (harpsichord) and strings.

  1. Adagio — Allegro assai, 3
    4
  2. Andante, 2
    4
  3. Menuetto: Allegretto, 3
    4
  4. Finale: Allegro assai, 2
    4

The second movement is in double variation form.

The finale contains one of Haydn's more famous jokes. Soon after the recapitulation starts, the music arrives at a rousing and unexpected "ending" in C major followed by four measures of silence which leads the audience to believe the symphony may have actually finished. Instead, the first theme quietly resumes in the remote key of D major.

References

Symphony No. 90 (Haydn) Wikipedia


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