Repertoire: The Haydn Symphony CRUSADE (No. 21)

Symphony No. 21 is one of the most formally original of all the Haydn symphonies, from its gorgeous opening Adagio (through-composed, with no repeats), to the sinister trio of the Minuet, to a finale that plays a wide range of…

Repertoire: The Haydn Symphony CRUSADE (No. 21)

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Symphony No. 21 is one of the most formally original of all the Haydn symphonies, from its gorgeous opening Adagio (through-composed, with no repeats), to the sinister trio of the Minuet, to a finale that plays a wide range of harmonic and rhythmic tricks while simultaneously encapsulating the essence of what has come before. It’s a marvel–a work that proves, once again, that there is no such thing as immature Haydn.
Musical Examples courtesy of Naxos Records

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