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Creation Date: 1762· Instrumentation: 2 Ob Fg 2 Hr – Str · Duration: 13’ · Created as Symphony #24.
Symphony No. 108 (B) in B flat major
This work has baffled Haydn scholars. All four movements are very short; indeed the opening Allegro molto, at only forty-eight measures, is the shortest and formally most straightforward in any Haydn symphony. Its material, too, seems unremarkable, and enjoys relatively little development. The minuet at least brings another 'pointed' dotted upbeat figure, and the trio, in the subdominant, features the much-discussed bassoon solo. The Andante, in the relative minor, is attractively pensive and includes considerable contrapuntal treatment; the 'leaping' parallel tenths in the second group, surrounding the sinuously winding second violins (who pretend to avoid parallel fifths with the melody), create a remarkable sound-image. The 2/4 Presto finale is more nearly normal in length, for its type, than the Allegro molto, but otherwise it too does not stand out among Haydn's early symphonies.
I. Allegro molto
II. Menuetto e Trio, Allegretto
III. Andante
IV. Finale, Presto
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