Symphony No. 43 (Haydn)

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The Roman god Mercury as depicted by Hendrick Goltzius

Symphony No. 43 in E major, Hoboken I/43, is a symphony by Joseph Haydn. Since the nineteenth century it has been referred to by the subtitle "Mercury".[1] The symphony was composed by 1771. It is scored for two oboes, bassoon, two horns and strings.[2]

The work is in four movements:

  1. Allegro, 3
    4
  2. Adagio in A major, 2
    4
  3. Menuet & Trio, 3
    4
  4. Allegro, 2
    2

H. C. Robbins Landon describes the slow movement "as a chamber symphony opens with muted strings". It is the only movement of any of Haydn's symphonies to be in the key of A major.

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  1. ^ Antony Hodgson, The Music of Joseph Haydn: The Symphonies. London: The Tantivy Press (1976): 72
  2. ^ H. C. Robbins Landon, The Symphonies of Joseph Haydn. London: Universal Edition & Rockliff (1955): 680.