Symphony No. 11 (Haydn)

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Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 11 in E major (Hoboken I/11) is a symphony which may have been written as early as 1760 but no later than 1762, meaning that it was written for either Count Morzin or the Prince's palace in Eisenstadt.[1]

It is scored for 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 horns, strings and continuo.[2] The symphony is a sonata da chiesa in four movements:

  1. Adagio cantabile, 2
  2. Allegro, cut time
  3. Menuetto con Trio, the trio in B major, both 3
  4. Presto, 2

This work has been mentioned as a possible companion piece to Symphony No. 5 in that the two symphonies are in sonata da chiesa form with finales that are not in the customary (for the time period) 3

In the trio of the minuet, one of the parts is an eighth note behind the others, creating an effect of limping syncopation.[4]


  1. ^ H. C. Robbins Landon, The Symphonies of Joseph Haydn. London: Universal Edition & Rockliff (1955): 632. "c. 1760–62. Earliest ref.: St. Florian, 1769. In a now lost catalogue of symphonies which Haydn sent to Breitkopf & Härtel, the composer referred to the work as 'one of the earliest'."
  2. ^ Landon (1955): 632. "2 ob., 2 cor., str. [ fag., cemb. ]."
  3. ^ H. C. Robbins Landon, Haydn: Chronicle and Works, 5 vols. (Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, 1976–[full citation needed]) v. 1: "The Early Years, 1732–1765",[page needed].
  4. ^ A. Peter Brown, The Symphonic Repertoire (Volume 2). Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press (2002): 51–52. ISBN 025333487X.