Symphony No. 25 (Haydn)

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The Symphony No. 25 in C major, Hoboken I/25, is a symphony by Joseph Haydn.The symphony was most likely composed in 1763, or at the very earliest in 1761, at about the same time as No. 33.[1][2]

It is scored for 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 horns, strings and continuo,[3] and unlike most C major symphonies by Haydn lacks trumpets and timpani.[4] The work is in three movements:

  1. Adagio, 4
    Allegro molto, 2
  2. Minuetto & Trio, 3
  3. Presto, 2

Unusually among Haydn's symphonies, this work lacks a slow movement, but it is partially compensated by the slow introduction.


  1. ^ Antony Hodgson, The Music of Joseph Haydn: The Symphonies. London: The Tantivy Press (1976): 202. The chart places No. 25 in 1763, with an arrowhead pointing back to 1761.
  2. ^ H. C. Robbins Landon, The Symphonies of Joseph Haydn. London: Universal Edition & Rockliff (1955): 653. Landon casts a wider net, suggesting it could have been written as early as 1760 or as late as 1764.
  3. ^ (Landon, 1955): 653. "2 ob., 2 cor., str. [ fag., cemb. ]."
  4. ^ (Hodgson, 1976): 63. "Although the key is C major this is not one of the Festive Symphonies: the horn soli in the Trio are modest and tuneful but in no way spectacular."