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Creation Date: London, 10. Feb. 1794· Instrumentation: 2 Fl 2 Ob 2 Kl 2 Fg – 2 Hr 2 Trp – Pk – Str · Duration: 29’ · Created as Symphony #101.
Hob.I:99 Symphony in E-Flat Major
Symphony No. 99 is the first symphony which was written for the second stay in London in 1794/95 and was completed in Vienna or Eisenstadt in 1793. It opened the 1794 season of the London Salomon Concerts with its premiere on 10 February 1794. It is also the first symphony of Haydn’s in which the composer uses clarinets because they were available in the orchestra for which he wrote it. Haydn did not have an easy time with the work’s arrangement; in the Austrian National Library in Vienna there are sketches to this symphony preserved which provide interesting glimpses into Haydn’s compositional method. Beyond the late Haydn’s technical standard of composition, the finale of this symphony is especially virtuosic, a sonata rondo (as is usual in the London Symphonies) in which the highest contrapuntal skill is tested on the thematic forms of a musical cadence shaped by the character of a merry kehraus.
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I. Adagio - Vivace assai
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto e Trio (Allegretto)
IV. Finale (Vivace)
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