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Creation Date: 1761 bis Frühjahr 1762· Instrumentation: 2 Ob Fg – 2 Hr 2 Trp – Pk – Str · Duration: 22’ · Created as Symphony #22.
Symphony No. 33 in C major
This is the only symphony in this volume whose sources clearly imply a date of 1760 or earlier, or in which trumpets and timpani are transmitted in reliable sources. Its opening movement bears the unusual marking Vivace and is in the unusual metre (for C major) of 3/4; indeed its particular 'festiveness' is more deliberate than hasty, the piano episode in the second group longer and more nearly lyrical than usual in early Haydn. The Andante, as is common, is in the tonic minor, with continually developing motives; note the strange rising chromatic progression in the transition to the relative major (oddly, this never returns). The minuet is faster than many in this group, and is paired with a trio in the subdominant based on a complex combination of 'straight' and syncopated writing. The exuberant Finale juxtaposes a downbeat forte unison motive 'ending with a bump' (Tovey) and a quiet upbeat answer in the strings; as the movement continues, the downbeat motive produces numerous unexpected and amusing variants, including close imitations between melody and bass.
I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Menuetto e Trio
IV. Allegro
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