Symphony No. 71 (Haydn)

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The Symphony No. 71 in B flat major, Hoboken I/71, is a symphony by Joseph Haydn. It was composed by 1780.


The symphony is scored for flute, two oboes, bassoon, two horns and strings.

  1. Adagio, 4
    Allegro con brio, 3
  2. Adagio F major, 2
  3. Menuetto & Trio, 3
  4. Finale: Vivace, 4

After dark string sonorities reminiscent of Sturm und Drang in the slow introduction, the Allegro begins with a very light galante theme which is interrupted periodically by more darkly colored strings. The transitional material is notable for its use of counterpoint.[1]

The slow second movement is a theme with four variations and a coda. The second variation features a flute and bassoon duet over thirty-second notes and pizzicato bass. Triplet-sixteenths dominate the third variation. As usual, the final variation is recapitulatory, but here Haydn extends the variation with further development and a cadenza-like passage.[1]

The trio of the minuet features solo sections for two violins against a pizzicato bass.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Brown, A. Peter, The Symphonic Repertoire (Volume 2). Indiana University Press (ISBN 025333487X), pp. 175–176 (2002).


  • Haydn: Chronicle and Works, 5 vols, (Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, 1976-) v. 2, Haydn at Eszterhaza, 1766-1790
  • Oxford Composer Companions: Haydn, ed. David Wyn Jones, Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-19-866216-5