Symphony No. 104 (Haydn) by Joseph Haydn


'''Symphony No. 104''' in D major (H. 1/104) is Joseph Haydn's final symphony. It is the last of the twelve so-called London Symphonies, and is known (somewhat arbitrarily, given the existence of eleven others) as the '''London Symphony'''.

The work was composed in 1795 while Haydn was living in London, and premiered there at the King's Theatre on 4 May 1795, in a concert featuring Haydn's own compositions and directed by the composer.Also on the program were works by Giuseppe Ferlendis & Giovanni Battista Viotti The premiere was a success; Haydn wrote in his diary "The whole company was thoroughly pleased and so was I. I made 4000 gulden on this evening: such a thing is possible only in England."Steinberg, Michael. "The Symphony: a listeners guide". p. 245-247. Oxford University Press, 1995.