Symphony No. 98 (Haydn)
The Symphony No. 98 in B flat major, Hoboken 1/98, is the sixth of the so-called twelve London Symphonies (numbers 93-104) written by Joseph Haydn. It was completed in 1792 as part of the set of symphonies composed on his first trip to London. It was first performed at the Hanover Square Rooms in London on 2 March 1792.
The symphony's scoring is singular among Haydn's later symphonies. It requires an obbligato part for harpsichord, which has a prominent eleven-bar solo passage near the end of the finale. Although the harpsichord was often used as a continuo or solo instrument, it was rarely given a prominence of this kind in purely orchestral works. Most likely, Haydn himself played the harpsichord at the premiere.
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- Symphony No. 98 is available in PDF format created from MuseData.
- BBC Discovering Music Program for Symphony #98 and Variations in F minor
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