Symphony No. 58 (Haydn)

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Symphony No. 58 in F major, Hoboken I/58, is a symphony by Joseph Haydn, composed probably around 1767 but certainly not after 1774, after which time the traits of this symphony were outmoded.[1] It is scored for two oboes, two horns and strings.


  1. Allegro, 3
  2. Andante, 2
  3. Menuet alla zoppa - Trio. Un poco allegretto, 3
  4. Finale: Presto, 3

The unique distinction alla zoppa on the Menuet literally means "limping" which Haydn accomplishes with a dotted rhythm pushed into all sorts of asymmetrical patterns.[2][3] This movement was also used in Haydn's Baryton Trio in D major (Hob 11/52).

A. Peter Brown has noted how the character of the first movement is very reminiscent of a minuet, and can be regarded as an "expanded Minuet". Brown has also commented that the overall nature of the work highly resembles a suite where all four movements are dance-like in nature.[4]


  1. ^ David Wyn Jones (ed.), Oxford Composer Companions: Haydn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), p. 446.
  2. ^ H. C. Robbins Landon, Haydn: Chronicle and Works, 5 vols, (Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, 1976-) v. 2: "Haydn at Eszterhaza, 1766-1790",[page needed].
  3. ^ John Weeks Moore, Complete Encyclopedia of Music[full citation needed]
  4. ^ A. Peter Brown, The Symphonic Repertoire (Volume 2) (Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, 2002) (ISBN 0-253-33487-X), pp. 116–17.