Symphony No. 29 (Haydn) by Joseph Haydn

Summary

'''Symphony No. 29''' in E major, Hoboken I/29, was written in 1765.Antony Hodgson, ''The Music of Joseph Haydn: The Symphonies''. London: The Tantivy Press (1976): 202. The chart places "29" in boldface in the year 1765, indicating an autograph score survives.

The work is scored for two oboes, bassoon, two horns, and strings with continuo.

The work is in four movements:

#Allegro di molto, 3/4

#Andante, 2/4

#Menuetto e Trio, 3/4

#Presto, 4/4

In the slow movement, the melody is passed back and forth between the first and second violin parts.Brown, A. Peter, ''The Symphonic Repertoire'' (Volume 2). Indiana University Press (ISBN 025333487X), pp. 96-99 (2002).

The trio of the Minuet has an "oompah accompaniment in the strings" and horns sustaining E's in octaves, but apparently no melody.(Hodgson, 1976): 65-66 The harpsichordist would have to provide a melody, but "no keyboard player has dared to provide such a thing for a quarter of a century" between Loibner's recording and the writing of Hodgson's book.(Hodgson, 1976): 66 H. C. Robbins Landon also notes the "weird atmosphere" and lack of melody, but says it has a "sombre and secretive beauty" and has a "strongly Balkan" character due to an E minor to B minor modulation.HC Robbins Landon, ''Haydn: Chronicle and Works'', 5 vols, (Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, 1976-) v. 1, ''Haydn: the Early Years, 1732-1765''

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