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Creation Date: 1765· Instrumentation: 2 Ob Fg 2 Hr – Str · Duration: 23’ · Created as Symphony #39.
Symphony No. 29 in E major
Rather like A major in Mozart's output, the key of E major always elicited a warm response in Haydn's music. In the genre of the symphony, however, there are only two works in that key, No. 12 and No. 29. The flowing phrases of the opening of No. 29, moving easily from strings to wind instruments and back, create a mood of contentment that remains essentially undisturbed. In the Andante, scored as usual in this period for strings alone, the melody is shared between first and second violins, a word (as it were) at a time. Contrasts of dynamic in the Menuet help underline the teasing phrasing patterns, while the Trio is an example of Haydn's ability to create a slightly unnerving effect with the minimum amount of material. Between´1761 and 1765 the composer wrote four short Italian comic operas, most of which have not survived. The Finale of this symphony seems to reflect these first essays in Italian opera, with its pulsating bass lines and ready sequences.
I. Allegro di molto
II. Andante
III. Menuetto e Trio, Allegretto
IV. Presto
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