Symphony No. 18 (Haydn)

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This article is about the symphony by Joseph Haydn. For the symphony by Michael Haydn, see Symphony No. 18 (Michael Haydn).

The Symphony No. 18 in G major, Hoboken I/18, is a symphony by Joseph Haydn. The composition date is uncertain. The Breitkopf catalogue entry assures that it was composed no later than 1766, but most scholars believe it was composed at least a few years before then. Dates between 1757 and 1764 have been suggested.[1][2]

Movements[edit]

The symphony is scored for 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 horns, strings and continuo.[3] Although the symphony is in three movements, it has been sometimes categorized as in the sonata da chiesa style due to the presence of an entire opening slow movement.[4] The three movements are:

  1. Andante moderato, 2
    4
  2. Allegro molto, 4
    4
  3. Tempo di Minuetto, 3
    4
    , G major – G minor – G major

The opening movement is written in the form of a trio sonata with two melodic lines over an independent bass.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ H. C. Robbins Landon, The Symphonies of Joseph Haydn. London: Universal Edition & Rockliff (1955): 642
  2. ^ A. Peter Brown, The Symphonic Repertoire, volume 2 (Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, 2002): 30. ISBN 025333487X. Table reads: Landon 55: c1761–64, Hoboken: by 1764, Landon 70s: c. 1759–60, Feder, New Grove: by 1766, Gerlach: 1757/1759
  3. ^ Landon 1955: 642. "2 ob., 2 cor., str. [ fag., cemb. ]."
  4. ^ H. C. Robbins Landon, Haydn: Chronicle and Works, 5 vols. (Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, 1976–[full citation needed]) v. 1: "Haydn: The Early Years, 1732–1765",[page needed].
  5. ^ A. Peter Brown, The Symphonic Repertoire, volume 2 (Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, 2002): 48–50. ISBN 025333487X.