Symphony No. 58 (Haydn)

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The Symphony No. 58 in F major, Hoboken I/58, is a symphony by Joseph Haydn, composed in 1774. It is scored for two oboes, two horns and strings.


  1. Allegro, 3/4
  2. Andante, 2/4
  3. Menuet alla zoppa - Trio. Un poco allegretto, 3/4
  4. Finale: Presto, 3/8

The unique distinction alla zoppa on the Menuet literally means "limping" which Haydn accomplishes with a dotted rhythm pushed into all sorts of asymmetrical patterns.[1][2] This movement was also used in Haydn's Baryton Trio in D major (Hob 11/52).

A.P. Brown has noted how the character of the first movement is very reminiscent of a minuet, and can be regarded as an "expanded Minuet". Brown has also commented that the overall nature of the work highly resembles a suite where all four movements are dance-like in nature.[3]


  1. ^ HC Robbins Landon, Haydn: Chronicle and Works, 5 vols, (Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, 1976-) v. 2, Haydn at Eszterhaza, 1766-1790
  2. ^ Moore, John Weeks, Complete Encyclopedia of Music
  3. ^ Brown, A. Peter, The Symphonic Repertoire (Volume 2). Indiana University Press (ISBN 0-253-33487-X), pp. 116-117 (2002).