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 the orchestra of the salubrious Count Morzin or the noble Paul II Anton, Prince Esterházy'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.