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Creation Date: 1757/59· Instrumentation: 2 Ob Fg 2 Hr – Str · Duration: 15’ · Created as Symphony #3.
Symphony No. 18 in G major
This work is in three movements, with the sequence slow-fast — Tempo di Menuet; that is, the first two resemble those in Nos.5 and 11, but the finale reverts to a more nearly 'galant' mood. Accordingly, the initial slow movement is serious in tone, with a formal, trio-sonata-like opening similar to that in No. 11 (though some listeners may choose to hear the dotted motives as perky, almost divertimento-like). It is in two repeated halves like a sonata movement, but without a formal reprise of the beginnning; the material simply continues to develop. The same is true in the second movement, perhaps owing to its interior position; certainly it is relentless, with no let-up in the ceaseless driving quaver rhythms. The concluding Tempo di Menuet is long and leisurely, with an equally long trio in the tonic minor. The return of the minuet is written out and played without internal repeats; at the end comes a distinctly 'cyclic' feature: an additional phrase featuring dotted motives distantly, but unmistakably, recalls the opening Adagio.
I. Andante Moderato
II. Allegro Molto
III. Tempo Di Menuet
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